by Jailan ZAYAN
by Jailan ZAYAN
CAIRO, July 13, 2013 (AFP)
Egypt’s new prime minister is edging closer to forming a cabinet, with supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi vowing to keep fighting for his reinstatement.
The new cabinet’s priorities will be to restore security, ensure the flow of goods and services and prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections.
Hazem al-Beblawi held talks with candidates for ministerial posts accompanied by vice president Mohamed ElBaradei and centre-left lawyer Ziad Bahaa Eldin, who is in the running for the post of deputy prime minister for economic affairs, the official MENA news agency reported on Saturday.
The consultations will continue on Sunday.
The new cabinet’s top priorities will be to restore security, ensure the flow of goods and services and prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections, said Beblawi.
The premier is working according to a roadmap drafted by the military which overthrew Morsi on July 3 after millions took to the streets calling on him to step down.
Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, was accused of concentrating power in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood, sending the economy into freefall and failing to protect minorities.
The state prosecutor is investigating accusations filed by individuals that Morsi incited the killing of protesters and damaged the economy, judicial sources said.
Military and judicial sources have previously said he may eventually face charges.
Morsi’s supporters say his removal from power was a flagrant violation of democratic principles and refuse to join an interim government as tens of thousands have taken to the streets to demand his reinstatement.
“There will be another mass protest on Monday,” said Tareq al-Morsi, a Brotherhood spokesman said on Saturday, a day after tens of thousands of Morsi’s supporters rallied in Cairo.
Protesters will also march on Monday to the Cairo headquarters of the elite Republican Guard, scene of deadly clashes last week, the spokesman told AFP, insisting it would be “peaceful”.
Several thousand people attended a protest in central Tunis on Saturday, called by the country’s ruling Islamist party Ennahda, against the military coup that deposed Morsi.
On Friday, Washington and Berlin called on the Egyptian military to release Morsi, who was detained just hours after the coup and is held in a secret location.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the United States agreed with Germany’s earlier appeal for Morsi to be released and was “publicly” making the same request.