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Egypt Swears In ElBaradei as Interim Vice President

Egypt's military-backed interim leaders have sworn in prominent liberal Mohamed ElBaradei as vice president and offered the post of foreign minister to a former Egyptian ambassador to the United States.

ElBaradei took the oath of office on Sunday, in front of interim President Adly Mansour. The former head of the U.N. nuclear agency and Nobel peace laureate was a leader of a liberal opposition coalition that held mass protests two weeks ago demanding the resignation of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

The Egyptian military deposed Morsi on July 3, one year into his term, in response to the protests by millions of Egyptians who accused the country's first freely-elected leader of consolidating power in Islamist hands and ruining the economy. Military leaders immediately installed supreme court judge Mansour to take Mr. Morsi's place and form an interim government to lead Egypt until new elections.

Mansour-appointed interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi continued consultations on forming a Cabinet Sunday. Former Egyptian ambassador to Washington Nabil Fahmy said he accepted Mr. Beblawi's offer to serve as interim foreign minister. More ministerial positions are expected to be confirmed in the coming days.



Meanwhile, Egyptian prosecutors were preparing to launch a criminal investigation against Mr. Morsi and other top members of his Muslim Brotherhood movement, including its leader, Mohamed Badie.

Mr. Morsi has been held at an undisclosed location since the army removed him from power, but he has not yet been charged with any crime.

The public prosecutor's office said Saturday it received complaints accusing the Brotherhood leaders of inciting violence, spying and damaging the economy. It did not say who filed the complaints.

The Brotherhood urged its supporters to gather peacefully in Cairo on Monday for the latest in a series of mass protests by Islamists against Mr. Morsi's ouster.

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