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ElBeblawy appointed PM; ElBaradei VP

The presidential spokesperson announced Hazem ElBeblawy as Egypt's Prime Minister and Mohamed ElBaradei as Vice President for foreign affairs.

Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour appointed the posts of Prime Minister and Vice President today.

Mansour has been in talks with parties and movements in order to appoint Egypt’s Prime Minister (PM) who will then build a cabinet. The decision has been delayed several times and whenever a name rises to the occasion, it is denied a couple of hours later.

The new Prime Minister is former Finance Minister Dr. Hazem ElBeblawi, Samir Radwan’s successor in a cabinet reshuffle in 2011 under Essam Sharaf and former deputy prime minister for economic affairs. ElBeblawi is the author of several books on economic and financial issues and Advisor and Acting Director of the Legal Department at the Arab Monetary Fund. He served as Under Secretary General of the U.N., Executive Secretary for ESCWA and was chairman of the Export Development Bank of Egypt.

Egypt's new Vice President is Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, a liberal politician who has been on Egypt’s political map ever since 2010, when he was planning to run for presidential elections against Hosny Mubarak. A year later, Mubarak was overthrown by the 25th of January Revolution. ElBaradei is a Nobel peace laureate and former head of the UN's nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency. He also attended the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

In response to public demand, Egypt’s military leader AbdelFattah ElSissy had ousted President Mohamed Morsi after one year in office and appointed Adly Mansour as the interim president, vowing that the Supreme Council of Armed Forces will not play a political role in the future.