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Egypt’s interim leader names top economist as prime minister

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Egypt’s interim president named on Tuesday former finance minister Hazem el-Beblawi as prime minister and former international nuclear watchdog chief Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president.

Media advisor Ahmed el-Musalamani made the announcements Tuesday after days of political stalemate over the prime minister post.

Last week, ElBaradei was on the verge of being named prime minister, but at the last minute an Islamist party involved in the discussions blocked ElBaradei's appointment, Associated Press reported.

ElBeblawi, who is in his 70s, served as finance minister in one of the first cabinets formed after the 2011 uprising forced Hosni Mubarak from power and the military stepped in to rule.

He resigned in protest in October 2011 after 26 protesters, mostly Christians, were killed by troops and security forces in a crackdown on their march.

The hardline Islamist Nour Party, which has held up the political process by objecting to several candidates put forward by military-backed interim authorities, said it would support Beblawi's appointment. The head of the party added that it was still studying ElBaradei's appointment, according to Reuters.

(With AP and Reuters)