The pressure is mounting on Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak to resign as thousands continue to defy a curfew at home and world leaders distance themselves from his regime.
In some parts of Cairo on Saturday, the army tried to enforce the curfew after yet another day of protests that have left 100 people dead.
The president’s naming of a vice-president yesterday is the first sign, he may be preparing to hand over power.
But Omar Suleiman – a key figure in the hated security apparatus – is unlikely to be a popular choice.
Even Washington has publicly described the appointment of a new government as inadequate.