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  • Thursday ,28 June 2012

Egypt's ElBaradei denies he was offered top post in Morsi govt


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Thursday ,28 June 2012

Egypt's ElBaradei denies he was offered top post in Morsi govt

 Prominent Egyptian reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei has not been offered the premiership – or any government post – by President-elect Mohamed Morsi or the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), Shukry Fouad, co-founder of ElBaradei's as-yet-unlicensed Constitution Party, said on Wednesday.

Fouad told Al-Ahram's Arabic-language news website that the former International Atomic Energy Agency chief had not asked for the appointment of a government of technocrats in exchange for his taking on the post of prime minister.
Reports had emerged in recent days that ElBaradei, along with other prominent political actors, was being considered for the top post within Morsi's incoming government.
Immediately prior to Egypt's hotly-contested 16/17 June presidential runoff, Morsi declared his intention to form a coalition government, members of which would be selected based on competence.
"[The incoming government] will not be dominated or headed by figures from the [Muslim Brotherhood's] Freedom and Justice Party," he said, stressing that Egypt's next government would include representatives of all segments of Egyptian society.