‘Egypt to get new govt. in a day’

Mon Jul 8, 2013 09:21:47

The spokesman for Egypt’s interim president has announced the formation of a new provisional government within the next 24 hours.

Ahmad al-Mosalmani said Mohamed ElBaradei is amongst the most prominent figures tapped for the deputy premier’s post in the next administration.

He also said Ziad Bahaa Eddin, a former leader of Egypt’s Democratic Party and ex-chair of Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) may also be considered for the position of prime minister.

The Egyptian official, however, pointed out that all the names mentioned in the country for top government jobs are merely media speculations.

Meanwhile, reports out of Egypt indicate that the deadlock over the country's interim prime minister entered a third day on Monday after the influential Nour Party rejected candidates for interim premier, prolonging the impasse amid huge protests that turned violent and killed dozens.

Egypt's military, which overthrew elected leader President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday, can ill afford a lengthy political vacuum at a time of violent upheaval and economic stagnation in the Arab world's largest nation of 84 million people.

Scenes of running street battles between pro- and anti-Morsi demonstrators in Cairo, Alexandria and cities across the country have alarmed Egypt's allies

At least 35 people died in violence on Friday and Saturday in fresh turmoil that came two and a half years after autocratic ruler Hosni Mubarak was toppled in a 2011 uprising.

While Sunday was calmer, the sight of huge crowds numbering hundreds of thousands gathering in different parts of Cairo was a reminder of the risks of further instability.


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