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Egypt Nour Party quits new government talks over ‘massacre’

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Egypt’s Nour Party says it has withdrawn from talks over the new government in response to the ‘massacre’ of protesters at the Republican Guard barracks in the capital, Cairo.

“We have decided to withdraw immediately from all negotiations in response to the massacre outside the Republican Guard” headquarters, the Salafist party’s spokesman Nadder Bakkar said Monday.

The decision was made after at least 35 supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi were killed and dozens more wounded by the security forces during protests in Cairo on Monday.

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood said that snipers targeted protesters attending a sit-in outside the Republican Guard building.

Nour also expressed opposition against the transition plans presented by the military’s chosen interim president, top judge Adli Mansour.

Growing differences among political parties have delayed the nomination of an interim prime minister in the North African country.

The military-backed presidency earlier named leading opposition figure Mohammad ElBaradei as the logical choice for the post. But it later backtracked on the decision, denying that his appointment was ever certain.

The change in decision followed criticisms by several groups — including the Nour Party, which said it would not work with ElBaradei.

ElBaradei, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, leads an alliance of liberal parties opposed to ousted president, Mohamed Morsi.

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