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Egypt leader-in-waiting begins talks on team

ON THE JOB:A powerless Mohammed Morsi’s priority is to stabilize the political scene in the wake of tense elections and the powerful military, a campaigner said

AP, CAIRO

Yasser Ali, presidential campaign spokesman for Morsi, said the 60-year-old leader-in-waiting arrived at the presidential office yesterday for official meetings and consultations. He said his priority was to form a working presidential team until he finished consultation over nominating vice presidents.

“His priority is the stability on the political scene,” Ali said.

In an effort to rally support and heal national divisions, Morsi vowed to appoint diverse deputies, including a woman and a Christian. He also has reached out to other presidential hopefuls, who garnered popular support in the first round of elections.

Ali said there were also consultations to form a national coalition government. The military-backed government was expected to resign later yesterday, according to legal tradition after a new president is announced.

Ali said he anticipated the government, headed by Kamal el-Ganzouri, would remain in a caretaker role because forming a new one “will take time.”

Morsi faces enormous challenges of improving the economy and maintaining law and order — both of which deteriorated in the post-Mubarak period. He has also promised he would nominate a non-Brotherhood member to head the government.

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