Hazem El Beblawi

Hazem El Beblawi

The news from Egypt are confusing. The president appointed by the military Adly Mansour said he will offer cabinet posts to the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party and the Al Nour party, but then the prosecutor ordered the arrest of the leader of the Brotherhood Mohamed Badie and other leaders on charge of inciting violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters where 51 people were killed on Monday, almost all of them civilians protesting the arrest of the ousted president Morsi by the military.

Conflicting moves and a very difficult situation. With thousands in the streets. Among them, in a big sit in around a mosque in Cairo the Brotherhood leaders under order of arrest.

At least the country has now a new Prime Minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, a former  finance minister and liberal economist, named on Tuesday by the interim president Adly Mansour who also named liberal opposition chief  Mohamed ElBaradei vice president and head of foreign relations. ElBaradei was suggested as prime minister first, but Al Nour party’s  opposition made Al Mansour change the idea and look for another politician less controversial. El Beblawi has now four days to form a cabinet, according to a representative from the presidency. The Muslim Brotherhood rejected the offer to participate in the cabinet and some anti-Morsi groups who forced the ousting of the ex-president are critic with the way the new authorities are doing things as too authoritarian and in a rush. So Beblawi has opposition from both sides, a country deeply divided and a very difficult task ahead if he has to lead somehow the Egyptians in a way out of this crisis and with the approval of the military. He doesn’t have too much rom to maneuver.

About Olga Brajnović

Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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