Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi have launched another day of protests after the Muslim Brotherhood rejected a timetable for new elections drawn up by Egypt’s military-led interim government.
The plan to overhaul the country’s new constitution and elect a new parliament and president in six months is designed to show the country and the world the army’s desire to return Egypt to civilian rule – following the shooting of more than 50 Islamist protestors on July 8.
The army has said it responded only after being fired upon and has released footage to back its claims that its troops came under armed attack.
Two police officers and one soldier were killed in the gunfight.
On the political front, Egypt’s Interim President Adli Mansour looks set to offer Samir Radwan the role of interim prime minister. The former finance minister under Hosni Mubarak has the backing of the ultraconservative Al Nour party.