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Rivals Rally In Cairo As Egypt Uncertainty Continues

NPR | July 11, 2013 12:27 p.m.

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Melisa Goh

Demonstrators from either side are being urged to take to the streets in Egypt Sunday, two days after clashes left 36 people dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

Away from the streets, an attempt to install Mohamed ElBaradei as interim prime minister was stalled after an Islamist group objected to the Nobel laureate. State media and other sources had confirmed the appointment on Saturday, but later in the day the president’s spokesperson walked it back. Reuters reports:

The abrupt U-turn came amid opposition to the appointment by the Nour Party, Egypt’s second Islamist force after Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement, highlighting the challenge the military faces in finding consensus among liberals and conservatives on who should run the country.

Over a dozen leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the party supporting ousted President Mohammed Morsi have been arrested since Egypt’s military overthrew the democratically-elected leader last week. NPR’s Leila Fadel reports the Brotherhood is calling for rallies Sunday to “protect legitimacy,” saying Morsi’s removal is an affront to democracy.

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