Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi continue their protests, as the country’s interim government takes office.
Similar protests have been held outside the Rabia al-Adawiyah Mosque in the capital, Cairo’s city of Nasr, since early July when Morsi was ousted. On Tuesday, the ministers of Egypt’s 33-member interim cabinet were sworn in. Liberal economist Hazem el-Beblawi took oath before interim President Adly Mansour, as the North African country’s new prime minister, on July 16. Head of the armed forces General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the first deputy prime minister of the new cabinet. Nabil Fahmy, Egypt’s ambassador to Washington from 1999 to 2008, was also sworn in as foreign minister. The new cabinet also includes three women and three Christians. "We expect most Islamic currents to participate in reconciliation ... including the Muslim Brotherhood," Ahmed al-Muslimani, a spokesman for interim President Adly Mansour, said on July 16. On the same day, senior Muslim Brotherhood official, Mohamed el-Beltagi said, "We will not see national reconciliation unless it's on the basis of the ending of the military coup." Tension has intensified since the Egyptian army pushed former President Mohamed Morsi aside, suspended the constitution, dissolved the parliament on July 3 and immediately declared the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, as interim president. Meanwhile, the developments have also strained Egypt's ties with Turkey, where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been backing Morsi as Egypt's only legitimate president. At least 100 people have been killed in the wave of violent clashes between Morsi supporters, his opponents and security forces since the president was deposed by the military and put under “preventive" arrest.