That group included Islamic leaders, the Coptic Christian pope and members of Tamarod, a newly formed youth opposition group that claimed it had collected 22 million signatures on a petition demanding Morsi’s resignation and whose leaders also supported the military’s intervention.
A Tamarod spokeswoman said the group had met with the miliary leadership and expected to be represented in the Mansour government.
“The desire to meet was mutual between us and the military to protect the popular will,” said Eman El Mahdy, 28. “We are not seeking power. We only want to monitor against corruption and stability.”
But activists opposed to any kind of military rule said they were never contacted by the military leading up to Morsi’s ouster and have not been contact in the days since.
“They wouldn’t dare,” said Ahmed Maher, head of the April 6 Youth Movement and a leader of the demonstrations that toppled Mubarak who also favored Morsi’s stepping down. The military “should have then left,” he said.
On Saturday, ElBaradei, a once fierce critic of the military’s Supreme Council, was expected to be named prime minister. But that appointment never came, apparently after objections from conservative Islamist who’d also backed the military.
ElBaradei had been scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday but canceled at the last minute because of “laryngitis and a fever,” he told the network. But David Gregory, the program’s host, said that during a phone call explaining why he would not appear, ElBaradei had told him he expected the appointment to be made.
“He also said, his words, ‘The country is falling apart,’ ” Gregory said.
Maher said he would like to see ElBaradei represent the views of the opposition.
The exclusion of key groups and leaders from the government could pose a problem for Obama administration, which has avoided using the words “military coup” in describing what has taken place and has called for the new government to chart an inclusive path.
“The only solution to the current impasse is for all parties to work together peacefully to address the many legitimate concerns and needs of the people and to ensure Egypt has a government that is responsive to the aspirations of the millions of Egyptians who have taken to the streets to demand a better future,” Secretary of State John Kerry said in his latest statement. “Lasting stability in Egypt will only be achieved through a transparent and inclusive democratic process with participation from all sides and all political parties.”
Many Egyptians have been objected to calling Morsi’s ouster a military coup, saying it was a necessary measure to save the nation from three more years of Morsi’s incompetence. The first democratically elected leader in Egypt’s history, Morsi angered many for naming members of the Muslim Brotherhood, the secret organization through which he ascended to the presidency, to several key posts. He also arrested critics for insulting him, repeatedly said he was unwilling to work with opponents and presided over a failing economy.
But Morsi’s supporters freely use the term. In an appearance on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on Sunday, Amr Darrag, Morsi’s minister of planning and international cooperation, acknowledged complaints about Morsi’s competence. But, he asked, “Does this justify a coup?”
McClatchy special correspondent Amina Ismail contributed to this report.