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Disorder in Egypt generals’ plan

Appointment of ElBaradei as prime minister in dispute

CAIRO — Egypt’s interim president, Adly Mansour, took steps Saturday to consolidate his authority by naming a temporary prime minister, but his office later backed away from a report that he had selected Mohamed ElBaradei, the Nobel Prize-winning diplomat, for the post.

While naming ElBaradei would give the generals who ousted the country’s elected Islamic president a recognizable face likely to appeal to secularists and to the West, Mansour spokesman Ahmed el-Musalamani said the appointment is still under discussion.

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