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Mubarak: future options

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President Hosni Mubarak has spent the morning meeting ministers.

But despite the show of “business as usual” the 82-year-old’s hold on power remains precarious.

A so-called “Council of Wise Men” was due to explore the possibility of him staying on in a purely symbolic role while handing over real power to his Vice-President Omar Suleiman until elections in September.

But that option is fraught with problems as our correspondent Mohamed Elhamy explains.

“On a political level, handing over power from the President to Vice-President Suleiman presents a constitutional problem – especially given Article 82 of the constitution which does not give the president the ability to grant his vice-president major powers such as dissolving parliament or carrying out big reforms.

“What’s more, the opposition isn’t united about whether to accept this proposition so there is a possibility that the crisis will last a long time.”