Hazem el-Biblawi Named Egypt's New Prime Minister

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Economist Hazem el-Biblawi has been named prime minister, a spokesman for the Egyptian government said Tuesday.

Acting head of state Adli Mansour also appointed former UN nuclear agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei as deputy to the president, responsible for foreign affairs, spokesman Ahmed el-Musalamani said.

Middle East websites said Egypt's hardline Islamist Nour Party, which has objected to several candidates put forward by military-backed interim government, had thrown its support behind el-Biblawi's appointment. The party said it was still studying ElBaradei's appointment.