Egypt Names New PM, ElBaradei as VP

Hazem el-Beblawi named as interim prime minister

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 9, 2013 10:10 AM CDT

(Newser) – Opposition leader and pro-democracy activist Mohamed ElBaradei—who was named, then un-named, Egypt's interim prime minister over the weekend—will serve as interim vice president, the AP reports, citing a spokesperson for interim president Adli Mansour. (Rather than going with VP, Reuters calls ElBaradei a "deputy to the president, responsible for foreign affairs" in its report.) As for the interim PM, Mansour named prominent liberal economist and former finance minister Hazem el-Beblawi. The ultraconservative Islamist Nour Party says it backs his appointment, but is still looking into ElBaradei's.

In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 file photo, Mohamed ElBaradei speaks during a news conference following the meeting of the National Salvation Front, Egypt’s main opposition coalition, in Cairo.
In this Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 file photo, Mohamed ElBaradei speaks during a news conference following the meeting of the National Salvation Front, Egypt’s main opposition coalition, in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)
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