New Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi started talks Wednesday to form the transitional government that will run Egypt in the wake of the ouster last week of President Mohammed Morsi, state television reported.
El-Beblawi is meeting with Nobel Prize winner Mohammed El Baradei, who was named vice president for foreign relations on Tuesday, and politician Zyad Bahaa el-Din.
The new prime minister plans to offer Cabinet posts to the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafist Al-Nour party, presidential media adviser Ahmed el-Moslimany said in a television interview on Tuesday night.
The Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, on Wednesday rejected negotiating for posts in the new Cabinet.
El-Beblawi, a liberal economist, was selected by interim President Adli Mansour to form a transitional government.
The army removed Morsi from office on July 3 after days of massive anti-government protests.
Critics accused Morsi and the Brotherhood of doing little to address poverty and Egypt's struggling economy, of failing to advance the goals of the 2011 revolution that forced out strongman Hosni Mubarak and of seeking to monopolize power. EFE