Cairo, 8 July
Thousands rallied across Egypt in support of the popular military overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi. The interim government said it would announce a new prime minister within a day.
Staged two days after Islamist rallies exploded into bloodshed, the protests came as a senior official said a new prime minister would be announced today.
"Interim president Adly Mansour was leaning towards appointing centre-left lawyer Ziad Bahaa Eldin as prime minister and nobel laureate Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president," the president’s media advisor Ahmed al-Muslimani told AFP.
If confirmed, Mr Mansour has tried to find a technocrat without the baggage of Mr ElBaradei, whose candidacy outraged Salafi Islamists in a loose coalition that backed president Mohamed Mursi’s overthrow by the military on Wednesday.
The Salafis say Mr ElBaradei, viewed as an ardent secularist and top opponent to Islamist Mursi, would have been a divisive premier.
But the head of the Salafi Al-Nour party also objected to Bahaa Eldin, because the business lawyer used to belong to Mr ElBaradei’s National Salvation Front coalition.
“We don’t object to (Eldin) personally, he is an economic pillar,” Yunis Makhyun told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya television channel.
“We reject his candidacy because he belonged to the National Salvation Front,” he said.
Mr Muslimani has said that while the presidency would listen to objections against prime minister candidates, it could not please everyone with its final choice.