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Egypt premiership still vacant: Presidential media advisor

Presidential spokesman dismisses earlier reports that liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei had taken up job as new prime minister

Saturday 6 Jul 2013
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ElBaradei has yet to be confirmed as Egypt's premier (Photo: AP)
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Newly-appointed presidential media advisor Ahmed El-Moslimany said late Saturday that Egypt's premiership was still vacant, dismissing earlier reports that liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei had taken up the job.

"There are still consultations on who will be Egypt's prime minister," El-Moslimany, who was appointed presidential media advisor earlier the same day, told an impromptu press conference held at Cairo's Ittihadiya presidential palace.

He went on to say that ElBaradei was still in talks with interim president Adly Mansour.

The press conference at which El-Moslimany spoke was unscheduled. It replaced another that had been expected to be chaired by Mansour and ElBaradei to unveil the latter as new premier.

"Mansour has received ElBaradei among others for consultations over the post of prime minister," El-Moslimany added.

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