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Egypt's political crisis intensifies with more Islamist protests planned

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Egypt's political crisis intensifies with more Islamist protests planned


The Muslim Brotherhood is calling for further protests after dozens of people were killed and more than 1000 wounded in clashes with the military and opponents of ousted president Mursi on Friday.

Meanwhile things are not going entirely to plan for Egypt’s new rulers. Mohamed ElBaradei had been chosen as stand-in prime minister by a broad coalition of groups. Now, however, the Islamist Nour party has backed out, meaning the interim administration has had to delay naming the new PM.

On both sides, however, there is a desire for the violence to end. One protester said: “It doesn’t matter if Baradei or someone else comes into the government. The important thing is that we can pass this period, we don’t want at all to reach a civil war, we want the country to pass this period peacefully.”

The Pentagon has confirmed that the US Defence secretary has had several conversations with army chief, General Sisi. Washington is calling for a “peaceful transition” and has so far not condemned the military takeover. President Barack Obama has said the US is not working with any particular group in Egypt.

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