UPDATE 1-Egypt presidency says social democrat likely to be premier

Sun Jul 7, 2013 4:58pm EDT

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CAIRO, July 7 (Reuters) - Social Democratic lawyer Ziaad Bahaa el-Din is likely to be appointed interim prime minister of Egypt under a deal emerging among the country's new political forces, a presidential spokesman said on Sunday.

He also said liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei, whose initial nomination for the post angered a key Islamist party, would probably be appointed interim deputy president instead.

Bahaa el-Din, 48, an commercial lawyer with a doctorate in banking law from the London School of Economics, was head of Egypt's investment authority in the late years of ex-President Hosni Mubarak's rule during a period of economic liberalisation, but resigned before the former autocrat was toppled.

Al-Arabiya television said Bahaa el-Din had asked for time to consider the offer.

The ultra-conservative Salafist Nour party, which objected to the proposed appointment of ElBaradei as interim prime minister, said it was studying the proposal.

One of the founders of the Social Democrat party and a strong critic of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Mursi's rule, Bahaa el-Din argued in favour of Egypt concluding a $4.8 billion loan deal with the International Monetary Fund, which remains stalled because Mursi refused to implement it.

He was elected to Egypt's first parliament after the uprising that overthrew Mubarak in 2011 but the legislature was dissolved last year when the constitutional court ruled that the election law was flawed.

His appointment was suggested as a compromise by the "Tamarud - Rebel!" youth protest movement which mobilised millions of demonstrators to demand Mursi's removal and which has gained strong influence among the new authorities.

"Now the revolution is on its right path, and we tell the Egyptian people we will continue until we get our freedom," said Tamarud co-leader Mahmoud Badr. "We will back Dr ElBaradei as much as we can with all our might, but whoever commits a mistake, we'll be there to monitor."

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WDawes wrote:
Social Democrats eventually become dictators violating peoples liberties. Try something without the word “Social” in it, like “Constitutional”.

Jul 07, 2013 5:38pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
CoupinEgypt wrote:
It is becoming clearer by the day that the people that brought down Morsi had no problem with his handling of the economy and other policies. The only problem they were having was him being a muslim and they preferred a munafik instead of a muslim to rule them. The provocative disgusting movie against The Prophet Mohammmed peace be upon him was made and funded by a Copt and the Muslims of Egypt did not touch one Copt in revenge. This was under the rule of President Morsi.under Morsi Egypt had the least bloodshed and was the most outspoken. Morsi never once killed anyone and unlike the secularist leaders before him, he allowed tv channels that demonized him. He did have MANY problems, including questioning people like Bassem Youssef, but he never blocked anti-Morsi television. Excluding the majority of Egypt that chose him, even the liberals who were against him had more freedom under Morsi than they did under Mubarak, Sadat, or Nasser combined. However, most importantly, he is the only democratically elected president ever in the history of Egypt (or at least what we know). Egypt has always been run by despots, kings, and pharaohs

The Egyptian army is showing its true colors.See the change
Protests are a democratic right of the people,(Before the fall of Morsi)
Protests are a democratic right but with conditions ( After the fall of Morsi)
Protests are nobodys’ right , we will shoot anyone who dares. (As of today)

And when the reaction to these shootings comes the peaceful protesters will be declared terrorists.

Jul 08, 2013 7:08am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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