Confusion surrounds ElBaradei's role in Egypt's interim government

An official in Egypt's interim government is disputing reports that former United Nations nuclear watchdog head Mohamed ElBaradei had been named interim prime minister.

Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were critical of the opposition leader's reported appointment on Saturday.

A spokesman for the office of the interim President Adli Mansour told The Wall Street Journal late Saturday that ElBaradei had not been appointed prime minister.

ElBaradei's reported appointment follows the military ouster of Egypt's first democratically elected government, which was dominated by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and subsequent protests, rioting and bloodshed in the capitol city of Cairo. The military coup followed weeks of demonstrations by more secular and liberal Egyptians protesting Morsi's leadership.

Egypt's Health Ministry said 30 people were killed and more than 1,000 injured in Friday's clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents.

Morsi has reportedly been arrested by the Egyptian military, as have many of his top deputies and other prominent Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

ElBaradei, who won the Nobel peace prize in 2005 for his work with International Atomic Energy Agency, became a prominent opponent to former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in the lead-up to the 2011 uprising that overthrew him. When Egypt's military leaders declared Morsi would be removed from power earlier this week, ElBaradei joined officials on camera for the announcement.

On Thursday, Mansour was sworn in as Egypt’s interim president.

Mansour, who was appointed chief justice of the country’s Supreme Constitutional Court three days ago, said in a speech following the swearing-in ceremony that he was looking forward to elections, adding that "the great Egyptian people are the one who gives orders."

--This report was first published at 1:47 p.m. and last updated at 8:03 p.m.