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News Analysis: Egypt at crossroads amid uncertainty over political crisis


09:04, July 08, 2013

CAIRO, July 7 (Xinhua) -- The political transition in Egypt, after deposing Islamist-oriented president Mohamed Morsi, has been stumbled in its first days, after the choice of the opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister was opposed by Islamists.

Egypt's newly-appointed presidential media adviser, Ahmed al- Mislimani, denied late Saturday evening the appointment of ElBaradei as the country's interim prime minister. The statements came after official news reports said that ElBaradei was officially the country's interim prime minister.

Ultra-conservative Salafist Al-Nour Party on Saturday rejected the appointment of ElBaradei, arguing it would deepen the state's "polarization." Meanwhile, the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), from which the ousted president hails, also rejected ElBaradei's nomination.


"His party has no doubts in ElBaradei's patriotism, but asserted he isn't the man of the moment," said Shaaban Abdel-Alim, Assistant Secretary General of Nour Party.

Concerns over the country's polarization is behind Nour Party rejection for ElBaradei as a prime minister for this critical stage, Abdel-Alim told Xinhua.

Egypt's main opposition Front National Salvation Front (NSF), headed by ElBaradei among others, along with Nour party have been demanding during Morsi's rule, an independent government to administer the parliamentary elections with transparency," added Abdel-Alim wandering "how could we choose a partisan to be handed the government."

On Wednesday the armed forces have ousted the Islamist leader, after a joint meeting attended by Nour Party, Azhar institution, Orthodox Church representatives, along with rebel campaign and ElBaradei; a step claimed by the Islamists as a military coup against the legitimacy. Since then, Egyptians are polarized between Morsi's supporters and opponents, amid violent clashes which left at least 36 killed and more than 1,400 injured over last two days.

"We need to get out of the country state of argument and confusion," Abdel-Alim said noting ElBaradei as prime minister is likely to add more perplexity to the Egyptian political crisis.

Nour party wants "a consensus figure," he said, adding that the party has offered three names including the former prime minister kamal el-Ganzouri, former head of the Capital Authority Hani Seri el-Din, and head of the Central Bank in Egypt Hany Ramiz.

Hard to reach a consensus figure, "an independent person" will be the other option, added Abdel-Alim. "Persistence on choosing ElBaradei will lead to open choices, either through peaceful protests or withdrawal of the army roadmap," he explained.

Meanwhile, Ali Abdel-Aal, expert in the Islamic movements in Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, said Nour party has taken part in the political process which ended by toppling Morsi.

Abdel-Aal told Xinhua, Nour party as ultra-conservative party has religious constants, which made it impossible for accepting ElBaradei who is well-known of his secular thoughts.

Nour party is important for the political equation, which owns a wide popular base, and the second party gaining votes in the last parliamentary elections after the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom' s Freedom and Justice Party.

He added if the political agreement with the liberal reached a deadlock, Nour party won't withdraw but "join MB as Islamists as having the same constants."

Ali el-Ghatiti, head of the advisory council of the former cabinet headed by Ganzouri, said Nour party has participated in the road map announced by the armed forces for the transition period without reservations over ElBaradei.

But he echoed Abdel-Alim by saying Nour party wouldn't accept ElBaradei's liberal views, but ruled out the party would threaten to withdraw from the current coalition.

The current situation in Egypt is complicated, and the political forces don't have the "controversiality welfare" or using the "veto right,", noting all parties should work together to get shortly out of the current serious stage.

Ghatiti reiterated Egypt in the transition political time doesn 't need an economist or politician but an expert in "crisis management" who has the capability to communicate with different affiliations.

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