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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Fresh Protests


A boy stands near a traditional lantern, marking the Islamic month of Ramadan, with a poster of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi in a park in front of Cairo University, July 16, 2013.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for a new round of mass protests Wednesday, continuing its opposition to the political transition underway in Egypt following the military's ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.

The Islamist group insists that Morsi be reinstated and has refused to take part in any interim government.

A newly sworn in Cabinet led by interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi begins its works Wednesday without any members from Islamist parties.

The body composed mainly of liberals and technocrats has seven holdovers from the previous administration, including the army chief Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who ousted Morsi and will now serve as defense minister and deputy prime minister.

Three female ministers were appointed, filling the health, information and environment portfolios.

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton is calling for Egypt to have a "fully inclusive political process" as she visits for talks with Beblawi and interim President Adly Mansour. The EU said in a statement before Ashton's trip that she will also meet with "other political forces" without naming any specific groups.

Morsi's removal has bitterly divided Egypt, with thousands of his supporters maintaining a vigil in a Cairo square to demand his return, swelling to tens of thousands for mass demonstrations every few days.

Clashes overnight Monday into early Tuesday between security forces and supporters of Morsi left seven people dead and more than 260 injured. Authorities arrested more than 400 mostly pro-Morsi supporters following the fighting.

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