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Turmoil in Egypt

Egyptian president’s office says opposition leader is not PM

Mohamed elBaradei is a former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

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Mohamed ElBaradei is a former Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

CAIRO — Egypt’s new president has backed away from an announcement that pro-reform leader Mohamed Elbaradei would be the interim prime minister.

A spokesman for interim President Adly Mansour, Ahmed el-Musilamani, told reporters on Saturday that consultations were continuing, denying that the appointment of the Nobel Peace laureate was ever certain.

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However, reporters gathered at the presidential palace were ushered in to a room where they were told by official to wait for the president who would arrive shortly to announce ElBaradei’s appointment.

A senior opposition official, Munir Fakhry Abdelnur, tells The Associated Press that the reversal was because the ultraconservative Salafi el-Nour party objected to ElBardei’s appointment and mediation was underway.

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