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Transition plan faces opposition

INTERIM LEADERS. Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour (R) meeting with with new-appointed Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi, on July 9, 2013 in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. AFP/Egyptian Presidency handout

Egypt’s main coalition, which backed the military ouster of Mohamed Morsi, denounced a roadmap granting the interim president extensive powers ahead of new elections, further complicating a bloody transition to civilian rule. The National Salvation Front (NSF), the main coalition that called for Morsi’s resignation, announced “its rejection of the constitutional decree.” Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, which insists on the ousted president’s reinstatement, has also rejected the interim charter and timetable. Meanwhile, new premier Hazem al-Beblawi is planning to extend an olive branch to the Muslim Brotherhood by offering them cabinet posts. The conciliatory move will likely be rejected by the Brotherhood.

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