Egyptian clashes leave 35 dead, no PM appointed yet

07 July 2013

Interim president confirms ElBaradei not yet appointed Prime Minister

Clashes between supporters of the Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents have left at least 35 dead and 1,404 injured since President Mohamed Mursi was removed from office by the military on 3 July.

Supporters of Egypt’s first democratically elected president had poured onto the streets since his ouster by the military, resulting in confrontations occurring around the country with Mursi’s opponents. The Muslim Brotherhood said it refused to recognise the “coup de’etat” and added, “We stress that the legitimate president for Egypt is Mohamed Mursi

Since removing Mursi from office the military has been trying to quickly install an interim government. Adly Mansour, chief justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court, was sworn in as interim president on 4 July. However, efforts to appoint Mohamed ElBaradei, a nobel laureate opposition leader, as prime minister have floundered.

The state news agency announced ElBaradei’s appointment on 6 July, but a second statement was issued a few hours later by a spokesman for the interim president saying that no one had been appointed prime minister.

As Mansour and the military try to form a consensus government there are reports that the conservative Salafi Nour party objected to ElBaradei’s appointment.

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