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Morsi supporters demonstrate, as interim deputy prime minister chosen in Egypt

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July 12, 2013 - Supporters of Egypt'ss ousted President Mohammed Morsi, wave Egyptian flags and hold portraits of Morsi with Arabic words that read: "Mohammed Morsi, legitimacy red line" during demonstration at Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied in a Cairo city square, chanting anti-military slogans, deriding army chief who led Morsis removal as traitor with one ultraconservative Salafi cleric vows to stay in the streets for years until Morsi is reinstated. (AP)

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters demonstrated in a Cairo square Friday, waving pictures of ousted president Mohammed Morsi, as Egypt’s Prime Minister chose a leftist politician as deputy prime minister.

Demonstrators chanted anti-military slogans, calling the army chief a traitor. He led the military's removal of Morsi from office last week.

The unseating of Morsi followed demonstrations by millions of Egyptians against his rule. It was a bitter blow to the Brotherhood, which won a string of ballots, including Morsi's election as president.

One speaker at the Friday demonstration pledged to stay on the streets until Morsi is reinstated.

"We are ready to stay for a month, two months, a year or even two years," ultraconservative Islamist Salafi cleric Safwat Hegazi told protesters.

This week more than 50 pro-Morsi protesters were killed in a clash with the military.

Meanwhile, Reuters reported that the country’s interim authorities nominated attorney Ziad Bahaa El-Din, who is a member of the leftist Egyptian Social Democratic Party, as deputy prime minister.

``I have chosen Dr. Bahaa El-Din as deputy prime minister and sent the nomination to the president,'' Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said Friday, according to Reuters.

Beblawi also said he was holding talks with other candidates for his new cabinet that he expects to be formed within a few days. Economist Beblawi was named prime minister to lead a military-backed government following the military's overthrow of Morsi.

Reuters and the Associated Press contributed to this report.