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ElBaradei to be sworn in as Egypt's new prime minister today

Mohamed ElBaradei, leading member of Egypt's National Salvation Front opposition umbrella group, to be sworn in Saturday as Egypt's new prime minister

Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Jul 2013
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Prominent politician Mohamed ElBaradei is to be appointed Egypt's new prime minister under interim President Adly Mansour, according to Constitution Party founder Khaled Daoud.

According to Daoud, ElBaradei will be sworn in before Adly at 20:00 CMT.

Nobel peace prize laureate ElBaradei had been a leading opposition figure since the 2011 revolution, having been one of the most prominent figures to foresee and call for the uprising that put an end to the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak.

He initially had the intention to run in last year's presidential elections, but backtracked on his decision months ahead of the polls saying there were no guarantees that elections would be fair.

During the transitional period under interim military rule, ElBaradei grew critical of the policies of the Muslim Brotherhood, which in turn had accused him of being a US "agent."

ElBaradei has also been a staunch critic of Morsi and the Brotherhood and supported his ouster, having spoken as an opposition representative after Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi announced Morsi's ouster and the implementation of an emergency "roadmap."

The appointment of ElBaradei, who has stressed that he would not run in upcoming presidential elections, is likely to infuriate Islamist supporters of Morsi, who have been gathering across the nation in the hundreds of thousands calling for his reinstatement.

"We welcome the candidacy of Dr. ElBaradei. Already we insisted on his candidacy because we wanted a political figure that has freedom to choose ministers and we are confident that Dr. ElBaradei will not bow to any pressures," said Ahmed Emam, a leading member of the Strong Egypt Party.

"Dr. ElBaradei does not support the exclusion of any political force or party in Egypt," said Emam. "We need someone who believes in democracy."

Strong Egypt leader Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh has already attended a meeting with interim president Adly Mansour.

Rebel campaign co-founder Mahmoud Badr also revealed on his official Twitter account that the revolutionary youth movement had called for ElBaradei by name.

On the other hand, the Salafist Nour Party reportedly rejected ElBaradei's candidacy. Nour spokesman Ashraf Thabet told Ahram Online that it would soon issue a press statement on the issue.

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Americanvoice
06-07-2013 09:51pm
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PM by bullet not ballot
What a joke. go back to stone age
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medo
06-07-2013 09:47pm
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yes!
Good luck Dr El Baradei. We, the people of Egypt are waiting for you to do what you can to assist in this troubled time
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George
06-07-2013 08:53pm
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Peace for Egypt
Dear Sir/Madam: My country, Ethiopia needs a peaceful Egypt to deal the two countries' differences on the use of the Nile. Our former PM Meless Zenawi had told us that we need a country at peace with itself to solve the Nile issue. That was at the time when you started the revolution that ousted Pres. Mubarek. So he had suspended the ratification of the agreement reached by the downstream countries. He truely wished stability first of all for Egyptians and election of a good government because he ernestly believe that negotiations become fruit when people and government are at peace. Pres. Morsi government unfortunately was not a good one and hence your second revolution. I think this revolution will result in intelligent people taking the power of government. The section of M Elbarady as intrim PM is very promising and hope he will be elected a Pres. finally. He is an international prze winner who can stabilize Egypt. No doubt he will be effective in negotiating with Ethiopia and other down stream countries peacefully. My advice for Egyptian people is that please separate religion from Government. Religion should be a personal matter. God bless Ethiopia and Egypt as they are 2 brotherly countries that drink the same water.
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ozlak
06-07-2013 08:16pm
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ElBaradei to be sworn in as Egypt's new prime minister
Egypt can do better than this below average tainted civil servant.
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Al-Misry
06-07-2013 07:56pm
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Iblis
Egypt Had phaorah. Now You have Iblis by the name of Baradei..
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Salah
06-07-2013 07:09pm
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Economy is number one priority
Economy is what is needed badly for Egypt. NOTHING ELSE. A hungry population creates the most unstable society. Stear away from religions, wars and revenge and focus instead on Jobs, Youth, employment, productivity and Tourism. Egypt will survive if everyone work to build.....and those who choose destruction will be rejected by the majority. EGYPT NEEDS YOU
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kulad
07-07-2013 09:48pm
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ElBaradei to be sworn in as Egypt's new prime minister
You will be kept in backwardness and poverty if you didn't free yourselves from the western shackles dictated to you by a handfull of corrupt foreign agents like Baradai & sisi.
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