Mohammed Mursi

Egypt names prominent economist Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 10 July, 2013, 5:17am

Egypt's military-backed interim president named a prominent economist, Hazem el-Beblawi, as prime minister yesterday and appointed pro-democracy leader Dr Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice-president, a presidential spokesman said.

It ended a deadlock over the top posts of a new government.

The announcement comes a day after the interim leadership laid out a fast-track timetable to elect a new president and parliament by early next year.

The Muslim Brotherhood rejected the interim charter while the opposition Tamarod movement, which launched the protests that prompted the ousting of president Mohammed Mursi, called for changes to the charter. Dr Essam el-Erian, a senior Brotherhood figure and deputy head of its Freedom and Justice Party, rejected the transition timetable, saying it takes the country "back to zero".

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.

His nomination broke a deadlock among factions that backed Mursi's removal over who to put in the post. Liberal, secular and youth factions had tried to put one of their own in the spot.