Doubts over ElBaradei's appointment as Egypt PM

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi protest in Cairo 6 July 2013 Supporters of Mr Morsi again took to the streets on Saturday

Egypt's new president says pro-reform leader Mohamed Elbaradei has not yet been appointed as interim prime minister despite earlier reports.

A spokesman for interim President Adly Mansour said consultations were continuing.

Officials had earlier named Mr ElBaradei - a former head of the UN's nuclear watchdog - for the post.

News of his appointment had been criticised by the Salafist Nour Party, which said it would not work with him.

It came three days after the army removed Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi following growing public unrest.

The appointment of Mr ElBaradei caused anger among supporters of Mr Morsi, who want to see him returned to power.

"Interim President Adly Mansour met today with Dr ElBaradei but so far there has been no official appointment," Agence France-Presse news agency quoted presidential advisor Ahmed al-Muslimani as saying.

But he added that Mr ElBaradei was "the logical choice" among a list of names being considered, the news agency said.

Mr ElBaradei and other party leaders attended a meeting called by Mr Mansour on Saturday.

He leads an alliance of liberal and left-wing parties, the National Salvation Front.

In a BBC interview on Thursday, Mr ElBaradei defended the army's intervention, saying: "We were between a rock and a hard place."

"It is a painful measure, nobody wanted that," he said. "But Mr Morsi unfortunately undermined his own legitimacy by declaring himself a few months ago as a pharaoh and then we got into a fist fight, and not a democratic process."

Polarised nation

Mohamed ElBaradei: "We were between a rock and a hard place"

Earlier, news of Mr ElBaradei's appointment was greeted with cheers in Cairo's Tahrir Square - the main focus of anti-Morsi demonstrations.

People there set off firecrackers, honked car horns and waved flags when they heard the news, AFP news agency reports.

However Egypt's second-biggest Islamist group, the Salafist hard-line Nour party - which had initially backed the army-led "roadmap" to new elections - criticised the nomination.

Nour deputy leader Ahmed Khalil told the state news website Al-Ahram that the appointment "violates the roadmap that the political and national powers had agreed on". He added that the party would withdraw from the transition process if Mr ElBaradei was sworn in.

The move comes a day after more than 30 people died and about 1,000 were wounded in protests staged by Islamist supporters of the deposed president.

The Muslim Brotherhood - to which Mr Morsi belongs - has said its followers would remain on the streets until he is restored to office.

On Saturday funerals were held for those who died. Outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque - where the Islamists have camped for the past 10 days - an imam told mourners to pray for the "martyrs of legitimacy".

The BBC's Kevin Connolly in Cairo says Egypt remains sharply divided between Islamist supporters of Mr Morsi and rival demonstrators who helped force him from office.

The latter have called for demonstrations against the Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday.

Mr Morsi is in detention, along with some senior Brotherhood figures.

He was replaced on Thursday by Mr Mansour - the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court - who promised to hold elections soon but gave no date.

The Tamarod [Rebellion] movement - which organised recent anti-Morsi protests - had accused the ousted president of pursuing an Islamist agenda against the wishes of most Egyptians, and of failing to tackle economic problems.

The US and other Western countries have expressed concern over the Mr Morsi's removal, and have called for reconciliation and speedy elections.


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    Comment number 92.

    A respected figure of international renown--a good choice.And, of course, the main thing is that he is not a Muslamist fanatic like the crowd from the nasty Brotherhood who have taken Egypt back to the Dark Ages,treated women like dirt,brought in Sharia Law and all those unacceptable practices.The world looks on and agrees with the Army's action---Egypt will return to democracy,just let it learn !

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    Comment number 91.

    Good man,exposed Blairs' lies over Iraq nuclear capability.

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    Comment number 90.

    It was fairly obvious from the start that Morsi envisaged democracy as an event rather than a process .The event being his election and the process ending there.

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    Comment number 89.

    Looking at the protests those who voted for the Egyptian Brotherhood see it as a coup! A coup is NOT in the democratic vocabulary! Elections change governments NOT the military!
    @81.Mmarchica -that might be your opinion BUT what if others disagree? Like those who voted for an Islamic government! Don't their opinions/votes count? Is democracy ONLY for those who think like you?

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    Comment number 88.

    Haha ... Obama will be so happy :)
    One more puppet in Middle East after Karzai, Abdullah, Thani and many more!

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    Comment number 87.

    Do they have Chinese lanterns in Egypt, or do they have Egyptian ones?

    Just wondering what happens if they have free and democratic elections and the MB win again?

    Mr Prescott should should rethink not using the privvy again, it could get nasty.

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    Comment number 86.

    All the politicians who shouted "removing democratically elected leaders is utterly wrong" are the same ones (particularly in the case of the US) who have made careers by doing exactly that. Either by stirring up the local population to rise-up against a government, or to do it covertly

    Egyptians are no fools, the Brotherhood may have been elected but that's as far as their "democracy" went

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    Comment number 85.

    #67 thats rubbish...its just a geographical thing it was built by de lessops a frenchman...and was blocked for years after israel mullered the egyptians in 5 mins in 1967. and effectivly israel can control the suez canal when ever it wants.#72 and for someone who dont like the bbc your on here a lot.... da unhappy londoner.

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    Comment number 84.

    He is at the very least a guy who can negotiate fairly & seems at the moment to have some sense & reason which is strange for a politician these days! I hope he can keep a lid on it all at the moment, calm everything down a bit & move Egypt forward peacefully.

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    Comment number 83.

    Meanwhile, the BBC has written an article on how great Muslims players are for football.

    Their constant forcing of integration is as subtle as a brick. The reason they have to keep saying it, is because most people don't believe them. Give it up BBC. You have shot your reputation in the last decade. A once great institution is now thought of as absolute trash in 2013.

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    Comment number 82.

    @Dmansour - indeed and in 1933 so did Germany and the President (Hindenberg) appointed Adolf Hitler as Chancellor. According to the logic of some on here that legitimises everything the Nazis did subsequently and made their removal by the Allies illegal! You couldn't make this up!!

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    Comment number 81.


    "What's wrong with a muslim country having a muslim government?"

    ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. Separation of church and state needs to become a standard worldwide. Religious leaders should not get elected to office, it's a government not a church.

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    Comment number 80.

    Democracy is no magical cure. Indeed, when the electorate are naive, it is easy for democracy to be manipulated in favour of tyranny and future oppressive leaders. Morsi was certainly revealing behaviour that showed his narrow interests. I hope that his successors will show a real concern for the wellbeing of the masses of Egyptians and seek a pragmatic solution.

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    Comment number 79.

    Thank goodness in the UK we no longer have to run our own affairs/worry about democratic process and national sefl-government;luckily we just leavet all to Brussels-this democracy and politics is just all too much of a hassle...

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    Comment number 78.

    After we stomp these barbarian muslim brotherhood monsters, we are going to teach the rest of the world how a civilization works (Again). It looks like the world forgot (or at least the "western" part of it).

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    Comment number 77.

    Mr ElBaradai !!! The “Official Liar” of the IAEA}. God save us all.

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    Comment number 76.

    A big up to Jeremy Bowen for his reporting and his bravery in bringing us the news from Egypt. His bloodstained features gives us an idea of the danger even journalists are under there.

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    Comment number 75.

    It is not easy to be a real democracy. Democracy is not the dictatorship of the majority as Morsi thought. ElBaradei needs to call for an election, and invite the Brotherhood, otherwise he will be seen as a civil face of a military dictatorship.

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    Comment number 74.

    On the political front Egypt represent the super power again in the ME and by virtue of its size and influence Egypt holds the to the stability of the whole of the ME. Egypt posses by far the largest & most sophisticated military force in the ME and all Arab countries look up to it even those oil rich ones regard Egypt as their natural born leader and get very much inspired by it ..

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