CAIRO, July 07, 2013 (AFP)
A coalition that backed the military action to overthrow Egypt’s Islamist president has agreed to name a technocrat as the crisis-hit country’s interim premier, a presidential adviser said on Sunday.
Ahmed al-Muslimani told private ONTV that business lawyer Ziad Bahaa Eldin, 48, was “very likely” to be named to the post of interim prime minister.
If confirmed, caretaker president Adly Mansour has gone for a technocrat without the baggage of his original choice for the job, liberal leader Mohamed ElBaradei who, Muslimani said, was now likely to become interim vice president.
The son of a prominent lawyer, Bahaa Eldin would be handed the enormous task of bringing a semblance of unity to the new Egypt four days after the military ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Bahaa Eldin has a long and distinguished career as a business lawyer. He has worked for a string of law firms, including in Washington, before becoming an adviser to the Egyptian economics ministry in 1997.
The husband and father of two boys entered politics in 2011 after the 2011 Arab Spring-inspired revolution that toppled longtime autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.
News of his likely appointment follows a day of confusion about who will serve as interim prime minister, after the Salafist Al-Nour party refused that the job be given to former UN watchdog chief ElBaradei