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Morsi Supporters Warned Not to Disrupt Government Transition

AFP/Getty Images(CAIRO) -- The head of Egypt's military said on Tuesday that the army and the public would not put up with "the stalling or disruption" of the country's transition to a new government.

Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, who issued the ultimatum that led to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi, maintained that the "future of the nation is too important and sacred for maneuvers or hindrance, whatever the justifications".

Supporters of Morsi, particularly those belonging to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood party, have vowed to return their leader to power, either through peaceful or violent means.

However, el-Sisi's warning suggests Egypt's powerful military is prepared to turn back any attempts at reinstalling Morsi, who critics say was more interested in setting up an Islamist state than dealing with the country's growing problems.

Meanwhile, interim President Adly Mansour announced that his pick for prime minister was Hazem el-Beblawi, who served as Egypt's finance minister in between the period that President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in February 2011 and Morsi was elected president in June 2012.

Mansour has also named former United Nations nuclear watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei as deputy president and issued a temporary constitution and a timetable for transition leading to new elections in early 2014 -- proposals already rejected by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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