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Mubarak opens dialogue through deputy

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The message from the streets seems to be reaching the ears of Egypt’s increasingly beleaguered president. After a week of unprecedented rallies, Mubarak has turned to his long-term confidant and newly appointed vice president Omar Suleiman to start talking to the opposition.

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Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman told television viewers: “Today the president has instructed me to communicate with all political forces immediately, in order to have a dialogue about all the disputed issues in relation to constitutional and legislative reforms.”

It’s clear that Mubarak’s hastily formed new cabinet was regarded by protesters as mere window dressing. The question now is whether the Suleiman talks produce something of sufficient substance to appease the people.