AP reports that Kamal al-Ganzoury, the man who was appointed by the SCAF to be Egypt's new prime minister, in spite of demands by the opposition for an immediate transfer of power, gave a press conference Friday afternoon, in which he said that the military had given him greater powers than his predecessor Al- Sharaf. Ganzouri said Friday that Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi has no intention of staying in power and he would not have accepted the job if that was the case. In the televised news conference, the 78-year-old prime minister looked uncomfortable, grasping for words and repeatedly pausing. He sayd he won't be able to form a government before parliamentary elections start on Monday, and asked for time. Some 2000 protesters assembled in front of the offices of the cabinet near Tahrir, and tried to prevent that Al-Ganzoury entered the building.
The appointment of Ganzoury by the SCAF was, as expected, immediately rejected by the protesters on Tahrir as an extremely provocative move in view of the demand that the military relinquish power immediately. Representatives of several oppositional and youth movements named their own government of 'national salvation', later that Friday afternoon. Their government is led by former IAEA head Mohamed El-Baradei, with two other presidential hopefulls, Hamdeen Sabahi, leader of the Nasserist Karama Party, and Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Futtouh of the islamist Wasat party as Deputy Prime Ministers. Two other members of the proposed Baradei cabinet which were name by consensus were Ahram economic journalist, Ahmed El-Naggar, and Judge Ashraf Baroudy.