U.S. officials say talks are under way between the Obama administration and top Egyptian officials on the possible immediate resignation of President Hosni Mubarak. One plan calls for the formation of a military-backed caretaker government that could prepare the country for elections later this year.
With protests in Cairo and other Egyptian cities expected to grow in size and intensity Friday, the administration fears more widespread violence unless the government takes tangible steps to address the protesters' main demand that Mubarak leave office quickly. Creation of an interim government is just one of several possibilities under discussion.
The officials spoke late Thursday on condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive diplomatic talks, which are continuing.
The officials stressed that the United States isn't seeking to impose a solution on Egypt.
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