Egypt "Wise Men" to discuss power shift plan with VP

Fri Feb 4, 2011 7:05pm GMT

Suleiman, 74, was appointed by Mubarak last week -- the first time he had appointed a deputy in three decades in charge of the Arab world's most populous country. It is the post Mubarak held before he became president.

Rashwan said opposition figures had expressed support for the proposal to switch powers to Suleiman. "The only way forward is for Mubarak to give up power to Suleiman," he said.

"The opposition leadership is so divided that no clear option is available outside the ruling establishment," he added.

Mubarak, 82, said on Thursday he wanted to quit but that he feared his resignation would bring chaos to Egypt. (Writing by Tom Perry; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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