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No sign of Egypt's political vacuum being filled

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No sign of Egypt's political vacuum being filled


Egypt’s interim President Adly Mansour is having no luck in trying to move the political process on.

Factions are feuding over who should hold the top jobs in an interim government resulting in both of his proposed candidates, Mohamed Elbaradei and Ziaad Bahaa el-Din having been rejected for the role of prime minister.

While the political deadlock drags on, hundreds of thousands of supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Mursi remain on the streets of Cairo and Alexandria.

Even when an interim government is formed, Mursi supporters and the Muslim Brotherhood have said they will have no part in the military backed process.

In Cairo’s Tahrir Square the atmosphere was more of a celebration – there was no sign of the violence seen on Friday and Saturday in which at least 35 people died.

But the potential for more violence between the opposing sides is alarming Egypt’s allies including key aid donors like the United States.

Euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim said: “Egypt is deeply divided …While some have turned out to celebrate the return of what they see as political legitimacy, others elsewhere are demonstrating against the contrary seeing its as political illegitimacy, and between the two sides Egypt remains open to further political conflict until demands of the people are achieved.”

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