CAIRO — Clashes between police and Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi left seven protesters dead, authorities said today, the worst outbreak of violence in a week as the Islamist leader’s supporters maintain pressure on the military and the interim administration to offer major concessions.
The overnight riots broke out hours after the most senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since Morsi was toppled two weeks ago concluded a round of talks with the country’s interim leaders in which he called for the participation of the Muslim Brotherhood in the political process. It also took place as talks on the formation of an interim government entered their final stages.
Underlining the relatively liberal outlook of the new, post-Morsi government, Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has nominated five women for Cabinet posts, including the health, information and environment portfolios. If confirmed, that would be the highest number of women to serve in ministerial posts in living memory.