Washington (CNN) - Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright said the United States cannot "micromanage the process" with Egypt, but that the Obama administration needs to make its goals clear.
"What we have to do… is make clear that the process itself is important and arriving at a Democratic solution is important, which is in fact inclusive, Democratic, peaceful and rapid," Albright said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union."
Albright, who served under former President Bill Clinton, said the Egyptian government, protesters and opposition groups are looking for a "mechanism to have a transition." She said the question is how to develop institutions that can ensure a peaceful shift of power without allowing extremist groups to take hold of the country.
"What's going on is like driving a car and you've got one foot on the break and one foot on the accelerator, and they're trying to get the right speed," Albright said of the Obama administration's tactics.
Sunday marked the 13th day of protests in Egypt as throngs of demonstrators demand change. Current Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak said he will not seek reelection. However, until he leaves office, Vice President Omar Suleiman is meeting with opposition groups to help facilitate the eventual shift of power, according to state-run media. Suleiman met Sunday with leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, an opposition Islamist umbrella group in the country, Egyptian television reported.
Although Albright said there is no such thing as an "indispensible leader," there is a "time with dignity that one needs to leave."
"My own personal opinion is the Mubarak era is over, and the question is how to have a process that really works properly that allows these various voices to come together and not disagree on some of the tactical aspects," Albright said.
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