Jul 08, 2013

    Egypt prepares for more street protests

    EGYPT'S new leadership wrangled over the naming of a prime minister, as both the Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents called for new mass rallies yesterday, renewing fears of another round of street violence over the military's ousting of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.

    The calls for competing rallies come after clashes two days ago between the rival camps left at least 36 dead and more than 1,000 injured. The military said troops are beefing up security ahead of the protests and warned against any "provocative actions".

    Last Saturday, interim President Adly Mansour's office backtracked on a decision to appoint pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei as prime minister after an Islamist party - the ultraconservative Salafi Al-Nour - objected.