Egypt left leader urges immediate government formation

July 8, 2013 13:02

CAIRO - Egypt's main left-wing political leader called on Monday for the immediate formation of an interim government to fill a dangerous political vacuum after a deadly clash between the army and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in which dozens were killed.

Former presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of the Popular Current party said the new authorities created when the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi last week in response to mass protests could not afford to wait.

The appointment of a prime minister has been held up for two days because the ultra-conservative Islamist Nour Party rejected both secular candidates for the post nominated by army-backed interim head of state Adli Mansour.

"We cannot leave the country without a government. He should appoint the government today," Sabahi said, adding that Nour had been offered a position of deputy prime minister or vice-president.

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