Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has rejected a timetable for new elections laid out by interim president Adly Mansour, saying it is illegitimate. The Tamarod protest movement has said it was not consulted on the election plan and has asked to see Mr Mansour. Meanwhile, ex-finance minister Hazem el-Beblawi has been named interim prime minister, and opposition figure Mohamed ElBaradei vice president. It follows the ousting of President Mohammed Morsi by the army last week.
It is not yet clear whether Mr Beblawi, a liberal economist, can gain the support necessary to actually become prime minister.
Mr ElBaradei’s own candidacy as prime minister foundered earlier in the week when the hardline Salafist Nour party objected.
The party withdrew from talks to form a new government, but reports on Tuesday suggested it was back on board.