July 7, 2013 / 8:17 PM / 4 years ago

Egypt presidency says social democrat likely to be premier

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, an Oxford-educated commercial lawyer, 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.

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