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Egypt’s PM to offer Muslim Brotherhood ministerial posts

FRANCE 24

Egypt’s newly appointed interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi is to offer ministerial posts to members of the Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, and to the Islamist Nour Party, state media said Tuesday.

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Egypt’s newly appointed interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi is to offer ministerial posts to members of the Muslim Brotherhood and to the hardline Islamist Nour Party, state media said on Tuesday.

"There is no objection at all to including members of those two parties in the government," a presidential spokesman said.

The announcement followed el-Beblawi’s appointment as prime minister in a transitional government, as the authorities sought to steer the country to new parliamentary and presidential elections.

Who is the Nour Party?

Adli Mansour, acting head of state since massive demonstrations ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi out of office last week, also appointed former UN nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei as deputy president, responsible for foreign affairs, subject to approval from Egypt's political parties.

The hardline Islamist Nour Party, which has held up the political process by objecting to several candidates put forward by military-backed interim authorities, has said it does not object to el-Beblawi's nomination, but was unhappy about the nomination of ElBaradei.

Légion d’honneur

El-Beblawi, who is in his 70s, served as finance minister in one of the first cabinets formed after the 2011 uprising forced Hosni Mubarak from power and the military stepped in to rule.

He resigned in protest in October 2011 after 26 protesters, mostly Christians, were killed by troops and security forces in a crackdown on their march.

He is one of the founders of the Egyptian Social Democratic party, one of several secular parties in the liberal grouping National Salvation Front.

The Front had backed youth activists who drove the massive protests by millions of Egyptians last week demanding Morsi's removal, leading to the military's ousting of the country's first democratically elected president.

El-Beblawi was educated in Cairo and subsequently in Grenoble in south-eastern France and Paris, where he gained his Phd in Economics. France awarded him the prestigious “Légion d’honneur” for his work.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)

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