CAIRO, July 6 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's newly-appointed presidential media adviser denied late Saturday evening the appointment of opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei as the country's interim prime minister, state-run news agency MENA reported.
"Until now, President Adli Mansour has not officially assigned ElBaradei or anyone else to form the new government," said Ahmed al-Mislimani, who has just taken up the post of presidential media adviser.
Mislimani said discussions are still going on about the nomination for interim prime minister, noting that the transitional government has to be "a crisis-management government" at the current critical stage.
He said there has not been a specific date for announcing the government formation and its leader, denying "the media leaks" about ElBaradei's appointment.
The statement came after reports saying that ElBaradei, leader of the opposition bloc, the National Salvation Front, has been officially chosen as the country's interim prime minister.
After those reports, Salafist Al-Nour Party on Saturday rejected the appointment of ElBaradei, arguing it will deepen the state's "polarization." The Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), from which the ousted President Mohamed Morsi hails, also rejected ElBaradei's nomination.
"It is logical that the consultations over the interim prime minister go back and forth," Mislimani said, noting that the discussions held by the caretaker president were attended by ElBaradei, Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, head of the Strong Egypt Party, Galal Murra, representative of Al-Nour Party, some representatives of the "Rebel" campaign that initiated the anti- Morsi protests that finally brought him down, as well as intellectuals.
Mislimani meanwhile reassured that the presidency does not intend to isolate the Islamic current, particularly the MB group.
"Our hands are stretched for all and we welcome the MB to be part of the future of Egypt," he said, stressing that the group has many chances to take part in the upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections.
With regard to the arrests of some MB and Islamist leaders after Morsi's ouster, Mislimani said that the arrests were "within a normal legal frame," reaffirming that none of them was politically arrested.
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