Opposition Leader ElBaradei Named Prime Minister in Egypt
Former head of UN nuclear watchdog agency will fill interim post
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2013 12:38 PM CDT
Egypt's leading opposition leader, Mohamed ElBaradei, in a file photo.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(Newser) Mohamed ElBaradei—a name familiar to reformers—has been picked to be Egypt's interim prime minister. ElBaradei, a Nobel peace Laureate and a former director of the UN nuclear watchdog agency, will serve under interim President Adli Mansour until new elections take place. He formerly led the opposition to Hosni Mubarak, toppled by a popular uprising in 2011, and later to the newly ousted Mohamed Morsi.

Earlier this week, ElBaradei defended the recent military intervention to the BBC: "It is a painful measure—nobody wanted that. But Mr Morsi unfortunately undermined his own legitimacy by declaring himself a few months ago as a pharaoh and then we got into a fistfight, and not a democratic process." Last night, at least 30 people were killed in clashes.

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Jul 7, 2013 9:59 AM CDT
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: Yes, the American Republicans and Texas Governor RICK PERRY's bloc will fully back Mohamed ElBaradei and his Global Economy; more chance to open the gates between Egypt, Libya, and Palestine, that is good for FT Worth's cargo truck drivers.
Jul 6, 2013 6:58 PM CDT
They should bring back Mubarak, maybe the guy was corrupted but he sure knew how to keep peace. I am sure many of them are sorry about what happened two years ago.
Jul 6, 2013 1:31 PM CDT
............TRUTH BE TOLD............. it's like Obama and his 3 stooges. of Biden, Clinton, and Kerry, advising the Egyptian military, and telling them to put out the fire, by pouring more gasoline on it. ---------------------------------------------- REALLY