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 472.

    Hunar M - The ballot box in a fledgling democracy is not the only and final say. Don't keep talking about legitimacy. He had to do more than just win at the ballot box. We seem to forget when our democracies were starting out they were far bloodier and the army stepped in. Amazing they did by planned peaceful protests that millions turned out to. A lesson for every leader in the world.

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    Comment number 471.

    If you speak to intelligent, professional Egyptians living in London, you'll discover the two camps: Those who loathe Morsi and his views - and those who totally support them.

    When you listen carefully to the second group - one thing becomes crystal clear: They all hold deeply radical, fundamental Islamist views, who typically desire a totalitarian Islamic state.

    How is that possible?

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    Comment number 470.

    One of the major fears that existing governments face is that this scenario might occur to their own regime. They are therefore very concerned by any move toward such methods of change.

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    Comment number 469.

    It seems 'radicalisation' works both ways! People born in a democratic country can 'accept' military coups that illegally remove governments they do not like! Are there ANY calls for a military coup in Saudi Arabia? That's where the 'militant' form of Islam originates from apparently! Women are treated TERRIBLY there - any calls for sanctions/oil embargoes until democracy is restored there?

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    Comment number 468.

    I think he won't be man's crisis

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    Comment number 467.

    of firing the innocent citizens and to scheme out the best result about the peace and the security of the country; and without leaving the country out of a shepherd. Thank you very much to have given us to put our views overtly.

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    Comment number 466.

    Shame on El Baradei for even considering being the legitimating face of what is nothing but a military coup against democracy. The violent protests were just an excuse for the military and its Western supporters. I am sure the real reason why they did that was the Morsi was going to make changes - to get rid of the military power within the state for good.

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    Comment number 465.

    Big news. Someone has not been appointed PM. I would like to announce that despite rumours Boris Johnson has not been appointed as PM.
    I am really enjoying the UK leftists - some who call for a proletarian uprsising to replace our democracy - complaining that millions of Egyptians backed by their army have deposed a President elected by 50% of a 40% turnout who then re-wrote the constitution,

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    Comment number 464.

    It may be that we are puppets- puppets controlled by the strings of society. But at least we are puppets with perception, with awareness and perhaps our awareness is the first step to our liberation. - Stanley Milgram.

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    Comment number 463.

    2. Because the unjust-deposed president has not completed his legal four-year-term of presidency, but the now on-power authority has even exploited the supremacy of this too.
    To put it in a nutshell, the most urgent and the soonest thing to be done for right now is that the Opposition Party to sit with the Muslim Brotherhood and, without any embarrassment, to apologize for the wrongdoings →

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 461.

    This will long be studied as a lesson in practical democracy! Morsi simply did not govern on behalf of all the people and so was not doing what he was elected to do! Hitler did the same but he was allowed to carry on.
    cf the first republican English parliament and its in-fighting when there were urgent tasks to be addressed; the new British Army stepped in led by the 'fighting farmer' Cromwell!

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    Comment number 460.

    Is Jeremy Bowen in the pockets of the Brotherhood? Biased reporting if ever I saw it! Does he ever mention the pro-Morsi guys waving Al-Queda flags? Does he ever say that most of the pro-Morsi guys are extremists that want things like underage girls being married off enshrined in law? That's why they are so upset!

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    Comment number 459.

    I remember my first posting when the Muslim brotherhood won the elections. I stated that the Pharaoh's would be turning in their graves at the result and also that Egypt would be led down the abyss. It has not come as a surprise the ousting of Morsi, he tried to elevate himself the status of Pharaoh and then rushed through an Islamic type constitution. Good riddance to Morsi.

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    All this user's posts have been removed.Why?

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    Comment number 457.

    Hoorah for once, a Muslim country has managed to beat Islamisation. I hope this leads to secular governments being put back into place across the region. With Tunisia's islamists going first. Political Islam will never win wherever it is in the world.

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    Comment number 455.

    Allah's peace on every participants...
    In very brief remarks, the current on-power authority has lost legitimacy of governing for two of very concrete evidences:
    1. Because they have broken law by perpetrating a 'coup' on the unjust deposed leader Muhammad Morsi. This is the stance of Human Right Watch and the Turkish President's speech on that. →

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    Comment number 454.

    hmm its probably Intellect-Central right now--Egypt in flux ---wow Cairo -- the new Paris??

    Or Prague??

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    Comment number 453.

    435 peter
    "The point of democracy isnt to choose a leader with a mandate to rule for ever more"

    Absolutely - so if a leader tries to use his 4 or 5 years to make sure that he and his party WILL rule for ever more, then he needs to be ousted BEFORE the end of his term - otherwise it'll be too late.


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