Oops... ElBaradei not prime minister
Egyptian President Adly Mansour has 'unappointed
' Mohammed ElBaradei as his country's Prime Minister due to protests from Salafists.
But underscoring the sharp divisions facing the untested leader, Adly
Mansour, his office said pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei had been
named as interim prime minister but later backtracked on the decision
saying consultations were continuing. A politician close to ElBaradei
said the reversal was due to objections by an ultraconservative Islamist
party with which the new administration wants to cooperate.
Mansour, 67, the former chief justice of the country's Supreme
Constitutional Court who was installed by the military as an interim
leader, is little-known in international circles and the choice of
ElBaradei would have given his administration a prominent global face to
make its case to Washington and other Western allies trying to reassess
But news of ElBaradei's appointment, which was reported by the state news agency MENA and others, proved divisive.
The 71-year-old Nobel laureate was an inspiring figure to the youth
groups behind the 2011 revolution that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak as
well as the uprising against Morsi. His appointment as prime minister
would cement Mansour's support among the young anti-Morsi protesters.
But a senior opposition official close to ElBaradei, Munir Fakhry
Abdelnur, told The Associated Press that the last minute reversal was
because the ultraconservative Salafi el-Nour party was opposed.
Mansour's spokesman Ahmed el-Musalamani denied that the appointment
of the former U.N. nuclear negotiator was ever certain. However,
reporters gathered at the presidential palace ahead of his news
conference were told earlier that the president would arrive shortly to
The dispute over ElBaradei underlines the fragmentation of Egypt's
politics as the country continues to be roiled by bout after bout of
unrest and violence since Mubarak's ouster.
The 2011 uprising opened the way for the political rise of the Muslim
Brotherhood, which was long suppressed by Mubarak's Western-backed
regime, and Morsi was elected last year by a narrow margin. The
fundamentalist movement swiftly rejected ElBaradei's appointment.
What are the odds of Egypt coming out of this as a representative democracy? I'd say slim. Very slim.
Labels: Adly Mansour, Egyptian democracy, Egyptian regime change, Egyptian Revolution, Mohamed ElBaradei, Mohammed Morsy, Muslim Brotherhood, Salafists