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Egyptians stage fresh rival rallies in Cairo

Iran Press TV

Sun Jul 7, 2013 5:36PM GMT

Egyptians have staged fresh rival rallies in Cairo as tensions continue to flare up across the North African country.

Fresh pro- and anti-Morsi rallies were held in Cairo’s iconic liberation square on Sunday evening.

The protests gained momentum after the Muslim brotherhood called on its supporters to take to the streets en masse and keep up protests until president-elect Mohammed Morsi returns to power.

Hundreds of protesters were also out to back the military move and the new interim government led by top Judge Adly Mansour.

At least 36 people have been killed following the coup that sparked mass street protests across the country.

Meanwhile, talks continue in Egypt over choosing an interim prime minister who can lead the country out of crisis.

The military-backed president earlier named leading opposition figure Mohammad ElBaradei as the logical choice for the post. But he later backtracked on the decision, denying that his appointment was ever certain.

The change in decision followed criticisms by several groups-- including Egypt’s largest Salafist bloc, the Nour Party, which said it would not work with ElBardaei.

Several arrest warrants have been issued for the members of Muslim Brotherhood. Egyptian troops and security forces have recently expanded their roundup of top political figures from Muslim Brotherhood that had fielded Morsi for office.

Morsi is reportedly being held “preventively” by the military. Senior army officials say he might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents.


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