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Egypt names new PM and vice-president as protests persist

Egypt names new PM and vice-president as protests persist
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Egypt’s military-led interim government has named economist Hazem el-Beblawi as the new prime minister and Mohammed ElBaradei as vice-president.

In a televised statement the army called for calm. “We ask all the actors involved in political and social life to understand the seriousness of the current situation and maintain public peace whatever the cost, “ said Abdel fatah al-Sisi, head of the armed forces.

The announcement came as supporters of ousted president Mohammed Mursi bured their dead following Monday’s shooting that left more than 50 Islamic protesters dead.

The Muslim Brotherhood has rejected an interim government plan to overhaul the constitution and elect a new parliament and president in six months. The Brotherhood says the leadership has no legitimacy.

Abdel Rahman Al-Barr from the Muslim Brotherhood explained the movement’s position: “We don’t accept this military coup and its consequences, we should not comment on this constitution declaration as it is produced by an illegitimate regime.”

In Alexandria those on both sides of the increasingly violent divide laid loved ones to rest.