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Egypt’s new president asserts authority

  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry coffins, covered with the national flag, of four men killed after Egyptian troops opened fire on mostly Islamist protesters marching on a Republican Guard headquarters Friday, in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry coffins, covered with the national flag, of four men killed after Egyptian troops opened fire on mostly Islamist protesters marching on a Republican Guard headquarters Friday, in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant angry slogans as they carry a coffin covered with the national flag, of a man killed after Egyptian troops opened fire on mostly Islamist protesters marching on a Republican Guard headquarters Friday, in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

    Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant angry slogans as they carry a coffin covered with the national flag, of a man killed after Egyptian troops opened fire on mostly Islamist protesters marching on a Republican Guard headquarters Friday, in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

  • FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, Egypt's leading opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei speaks to a small group of journalists including The Associated Press at his house on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. An opposition spokesman says pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been named interim prime minister. Khaled Dawoud of the National Salvation Front, the main opposition grouping, told The Associated Press that interim President Adly Mansour will swear in ElBaradei on Saturday evening.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

    FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, Egypt's leading opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei speaks to a small group of journalists including The Associated Press at his house on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. An opposition spokesman says pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been named interim prime minister. Khaled Dawoud of the National Salvation Front, the main opposition grouping, told The Associated Press that interim President Adly Mansour will swear in ElBaradei on Saturday evening.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)

  • Egyptian women grieve during the funeral of opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi, who were killed during clashes with his supporters in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Security forces boosted positions near a protest camp by supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi as authorities Saturday plotted their next moves after violence claimed dozens of lives across the country and deepened the battle lines in the divided nation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    Egyptian women grieve during the funeral of opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi, who were killed during clashes with his supporters in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Security forces boosted positions near a protest camp by supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi as authorities Saturday plotted their next moves after violence claimed dozens of lives across the country and deepened the battle lines in the divided nation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

  • Egyptian military soldiers stand guard atop armored personnel carriers at Maspero, an Egypt's state tv and radio station, not far from Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

    Egyptian military soldiers stand guard atop armored personnel carriers at Maspero, an Egypt's state tv and radio station, not far from Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

  • Opponents of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

    Opponents of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

  • A man sweeps on a bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought street battles on the bridge Friday night. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

    A man sweeps on a bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought street battles on the bridge Friday night. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

  • An opponent of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

    An opponent of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

  • Egyptian military soldiers stand guard atop armored personnel carriers at Maspero, an Egypt's state tv and radio station, not far from Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

    Egyptian military soldiers stand guard atop armored personnel carriers at Maspero, an Egypt's state tv and radio station, not far from Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)

  • FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, July 4, 2013, Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour listens to a speech during his swearing in as interim president. Interim president Mansour held talks Saturday, July 6, 2013, with the army chief and interior minister following an outburst of violence between supporters and opponents of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi that killed at least 36 people across the country and deepened the battle lines in the divided nation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

    FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, July 4, 2013, Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour listens to a speech during his swearing in as interim president. Interim president Mansour held talks Saturday, July 6, 2013, with the army chief and interior minister following an outburst of violence between supporters and opponents of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi that killed at least 36 people across the country and deepened the battle lines in the divided nation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry coffins, covered with the national flag, of four men killed after Egyptian troops opened fire on mostly Islamist protesters marching on a Republican Guard headquarters Friday, in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant angry slogans as they carry a coffin covered with the national flag, of a man killed after Egyptian troops opened fire on mostly Islamist protesters marching on a Republican Guard headquarters Friday, in Cairo, Saturday, July 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
  • FILE - In this Tuesday, April 30, 2013, file photo, Egypt's leading opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei speaks to a small group of journalists including The Associated Press at his house on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. An opposition spokesman says pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei has been named interim prime minister. Khaled Dawoud of the National Salvation Front, the main opposition grouping, told The Associated Press that interim President Adly Mansour will swear in ElBaradei on Saturday evening.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra, File)
  • Egyptian women grieve during the funeral of opponents of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi, who were killed during clashes with his supporters in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, July 6, 2013. Security forces boosted positions near a protest camp by supporters of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi as authorities Saturday plotted their next moves after violence claimed dozens of lives across the country and deepened the battle lines in the divided nation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
  • Egyptian military soldiers stand guard atop armored personnel carriers at Maspero, an Egypt's state tv and radio station, not far from Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
  • Opponents of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chant slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
  • A man sweeps on a bridge leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought street battles on the bridge Friday night. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
  • An opponent of Egypt's ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi chants slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood at Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
  • Egyptian military soldiers stand guard atop armored personnel carriers at Maspero, an Egypt's state tv and radio station, not far from Tahrir Square in Cairo Saturday, July 6, 2013. Egyptians were on edge Saturday morning after supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi fought overnight street battles that left at least 30 dead across the increasingly divided country. (AP Photo/Hiro Komae)
  • FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, July 4, 2013, Egypt's chief justice Adly Mansour listens to a speech during his swearing in as interim president. Interim president Mansour held talks Saturday, July 6, 2013, with the army chief and interior minister following an outburst of violence between supporters and opponents of ousted leader Mohammed Morsi that killed at least 36 people across the country and deepened the battle lines in the divided nation. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Egypt’s new president moved to assert his authority and regain control of the streets yesterday even as his Islamist opponents declared his powers illegitimate and issued blood oaths to reinstate Mohammed Morsi, whose ouster by the military has led to dueling protests and deadly street battles between rival sides.

But underscoring the sharp divisions facing the untested leader, Adly Mansour, his office said pro-reform leader Mohamed ElBaradei had been named as interim prime minister but later backtracked on the decision, saying consultations were continuing. A politician close to ElBaradei said the reversal was due to objections by an ultraconservative Islamist party with which the new administration wants to cooperate.

Mansour’s administration, meanwhile, has begun trying to dismantle Morsi’s legacy. He fired Morsi’s intelligence chief and the presidential palace’s chief of staff. Prosecutors, meanwhile, ordered four detained stalwarts of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood held for 15 days pending an investigation into the shooting deaths of eight protesters last week.

No major violence was reported between supporters and opponents of Morsi as the two sides sought to regroup after a night of fierce clashes that turned downtown Cairo into a battlefield. Clashes were also fierce in the port city of Alexandria, where thousands from both sides fought each other with automatic rifles, firebombs and clubs.

Friday’s violence left 36 dead, taking the number of people killed since the unrest began June 30 – when millions of protesters took to the streets on the anniversary of Morsi’s inauguration as Egypt’s first democratically elected president – to at least 75

Morsi, a U.S.-trained engineer who was widely accused by critics of monopolizing power for himself and the Brotherhood as well as his failure to implement democratic and economic reforms, remained under detention in an undisclosed location.

Tensions were still high as tens of thousands of Morsi supporters rallied for a third day near a mosque in a Cairo neighborhood that has traditionally been a stronghold of Islamists, chanting angry slogans against what they called a coup by Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi. The general has denied the military staged a coup, saying he was acting on the wishes of millions of Egyptians protesting the ex-Islamist leader.

“El-Sissi is a traitor,” declared an English language banner bearing an image of the army’s chief and hoisted by Morsi’s supporters.

Setting up another showdown, the youth opposition group behind the series of mass protests that led to Morsi’s ouster called on Egyptians to take to the streets today to show support for the new order.

Mansour, 67, the former chief justice of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court who was installed by the military as an interim leader, is little-known in international circles and the choice of ElBaradei would have given his administration a prominent global face to make its case.

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