The United States has suggested that what it calls the "Yemen scenario" could be the solution to stopping bloodshed in Syria.
In Yemen there had been almost a year of protests and growing violence. Eventually the president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, was forced to hand power to his deputy Abd Rabbuh Mansur Al-Hadi, who has since become elected president.
Eight months on, the BBC's Natalia Antelava looks at how it has been working out and whether the same sort of approach could work in Syria.
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