Mohamed ElBaradei, the former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency and a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, is about to become prime minister of Egypt’s interim government, according to reports from multiple news organizations.
NPR has not independently confirmed the news. It’s coming from Reuters, al-Jazeera, the BBC and others who are citing “presidential” sources. The Associated Press adds that it’s heard the same thing from an “opposition source.”
We’ll update as the news comes in. As always, we focus on news organizations with reporters on the ground and statements from officials with direct knowledge of what’s happening. If things change, we’ll pass that word along.
After Wednesday’s ousting of President Mohammed Morsi, the nation’s military installed Adly Mansour, chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, as interim president. He’s supposed to serve until elections can be held. Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, was in office just one year. He was removed after massive protests fueled by discontent over Egypt’s economic problems and his Muslim Brotherhood Party.