July 7 - Egypt's interim government backs off earlier appointment of Mohamed ElBaradei as the country's new Prime Minister. Julie Noce reports.
With Egyptian leadership still in flux, a flap over whether Nobel Prize winning diplomat Mohamed ElBaradei was or was not named the country's new Prime Minister. On Saturday, Egyptian state media reported ElBaradei had been confirmed as the new Prime Minister. For anti-Mursi supporters in Tahrir Square, the news was greeted with cheers of approval. He is a man who's patriotism cannot be doubted, this protester said of ElBaradei. But for Islamist groups, the appointment prompted an immediate backlash. Pro-Mursi demonstrators and members of the Muslim Brotherhood rejected ElBaradei's appointment and said they would refuse to work with him. With pressure mounting from Islamist groups, including from those who had originally supported the army's overthrow of Mursi's regime, a u-turn from the interim government. Just before midnight a presidential spokesperson said the appointment of Prime Minister had not been made. We haven't named the name of Prime Minister yet, the spokesman said. There are indications of a name, but it hasn't been confirmed. News of the unrest and uncertainty has piqued the international community. The U.S. has condemned the violence, but stopped short of calling the overthrow a coup. Demonstrations in front of the White House Saturday urged President Obama to stay on what they call the 'right side' of history. More demonstrations are expected across Egypt later on Sunday.