Our correspondent in Cairo, Mohamed Elhamy, says the “Suleiman” option faces popular and constitutional hurdles.
“Many people in Tahrir Square today still insist they will only leave when President Hosni Mubarak leaves office. And as for the opposition, it has confirmed it is staying in the square and will organise large rallies every Tuesday and Friday,” he said.
“On a political level, handing over power from the President to Vice-President Omar Suleiman presents a constitutional problem – especially given Article 82 of the constitution 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.”