Egypt: Wait, ElBaradei Isn't Prime Minister

New president backtracks on earlier announcement
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2013 5:34 PM CDT
Egypt: Wait, ElBaradei isn't Prime Minister
Mohammed ElBaradei.   (AP Photo/Thomas Hartwell, File)

Egypt's new president has backtracked on an announcement earlier today that pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei, one of Morsi's top critics, would be the country's interim prime minister. A spokesperson for Adli Mansour now denies that the appointment of the Nobel Peace laureate was ever certain—even though journalists gathered at the presidential palace were told by an official that they were there to hear of ElBaradei's appointment. A senior opposition official, Munir Fakhry Abdelnur, told the AP that the reversal was because the ultraconservative Salafi el-Nour party objected to ElBaradei's appointment and mediation was underway. (Read more Egypt stories.)

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