Key Egypt Islamist party rejects PM, vice-president choices

July 8, 2013 00:57

CAIRO - The leader of a key Egyptian Islamist party rejected on Sunday the choice of Social Democratic lawyer Ziad Bahaa el-Din as interim prime minister, saying the post should go to someone politically neutral.

Younes Makhyoun, leader of the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour party, told Reuters he also objected to plans to make leading liberal politician Mohamed ElBaradei vice-president in a proposed transitional administration following the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi last week.

"Both are from the same party, the National Salvation Front, this is rejected. I fear it would be going from one exclusive approach to another," he said, referring to accusations that the Brotherhood tried to monopolize power.

Bahaa el-Din was approached after Nour rejected ElBaradei for the premiership on Saturday, causing confusion in the nascent transition process.

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