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July 7, 2013

Egypt factions work on compromise on premier post

CAIRO — Egyptian officials say a liberal economist has emerged as a strong candidate for prime minister after hours of negotiations between secular and liberal factions and ultraconservative Islamist.

A spokesman for the interim president told Egypt's ONTV that Ziad Bahaa-Eldin is the top candidate for the post with reform leader Mohammed ElBaradei taking a vice president post.

Bahaa-Eldin tells The Associated Press he "is still thinking about it."

The 48-year-old economist's name emerged after an ultraconservative Salafi party blocked an attempt to appoint ElBaradei as prime minister.

A senior official in the National Salvation Front says ElBaradei and Bahaa-Eldin would work "as a team." The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were still ongoing.

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