Egypt appoints new interim prime minister

10 July 2013

Hazem el-Beblawi to begin talks to form cabinet

Egypt’s interim president has appointed Hazem el-Beblawi as the new interim prime minister as the country works toward holding parliamentary elections.

El-Beblawi previously headed up the finance ministry during the transitional period after the overthrow of previous president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The prime minister is now charged with forming a new cabinet. He had pledged to give cabinet posts to members of the Muslim Brotherhood, but this offer has been rejected by a senior member of the Freedom and Justice Party.

The interim president Adly Mansour was appointed to his role hours after the army ousted former president Mohamed Mursi from power on 3 July.

The leader of the opposition to Mursi’s government, Mohamed El-Baradei has also been appointed vice-president for foreign relations.

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