Egypt Protests Continue As New PM Put On Hold

Supporters of Egypt's ousted leader have vowed to continue their protests as the new president backed away from an announcement of a new interim prime minister.
Protesters have gathered across the country in support of Mohammed Morsi, who was ousted by the army this week in a move that has led to a new round of chaos.
In Cairo's Nasr City district, lines of fighters brandished homemade weapons and body armour at road blocks affixed with Mr Morsi's picture.
They have vowed to take to the streets until the toppled Muslim Brotherhood leader is reinstated.
At least 36 people are known to have died in street battles that took place in the capital and across the country overnight.
The violence came as reports said Mohamed ElBaradei, who is a main rival of Mr Morsi, would be sworn in by Egypt's new interim president Adli Mansour.
But the presidency later backed away from reports.
"Interim president Adly Mansour met today with Dr ElBaradei but so far there has been no official appointment," presidential advisor Ahmed al-Muslimani told reporters.
He added, however, that Mr ElBaradei was "the logical choice" among a list of names being considered.
Mr ElBaradei won a Nobel Peace Prize for his work as former director of the UN's nuclear watchdog agency.
He also led the protests against Hosni Mubarak during the Arab Spring uprising that ended his autocratic rule in February 2011.
Friday night's street battles took the overall death toll to at least 75 in the past week.
Hundreds of people gathered at a mosque in the Manyal neighbourhood of Cairo to attend funerals for five anti-Morsi protesters who were killed overnight.
Earlier, the president held talks with the army chief and interior minister in apparent attempts to work out strategies to contain another round of violence.
Meanwhile, lawyers for Mubarak entered a not guilty plea as his retrial for alleged complicity in the killings of protesters in 2011 resumed.
The 85-year-old former leader appeared in the dock behind bars, wearing dark sunglasses and a white prison uniform.
During the televised hearing, Cairo's criminal court heard submissions by the defence before proceedings were adjourned until August 17.


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