Fahmy Huweidi, a prominent columnist with Egypt's government-run Al Ahram newspaper, cited a speech the president reportedly gave to his generals July 23, the 51st anniversary of the revolution that deposed King Farouk. According to Huweidi, the president asked the generals rhetorically, "Have you heard of any republic which could be inherited?"
Apart from [Gamal Mubarak], speculation has swirled around the country's intelligence chief, Omar Suleiman, who came into the international spotlight recently as Egypt's go-between in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Egypt is at a crossroads. A liquidity crisis, a four-year recession, and double-digit unemployment have landed the economy in dismal straits. Since the devaluation of the Egyptian pound in January, prices of basic foodstuffs have risen 40 percent, according to Egypt's Central Agency for Mobilization and Statistics.