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Ousted president Mohamed Morsi's resigned vice president Mahmoud Mekki will lead mediation efforts to solve the country's lingering political crisis triggered by the powerful military's ouster of Morsi on July 3, well-informed political sources told Anadolu Agency on Sunday.
"Mekki will form a mediation team within the next few days," said the sources.
They added that the military-backed authorities and the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, will both form their own negotiating teams.
"Mekki's team will lead the mediation between both sides," said the sources.
Mekki, who resigned his prestigious post six months before Morsi's ouster, will meet with the representatives of the two rival camps within the coming days to test the waters.
"Based on what he will hear from both sides, Mekki will decide the next step," said the sources.
Anadolu Agency has not been able to verify the information with Mekki who continues to refuse to talk to the media.
A reformist judge who spoke out against election fraud in 2005 under former strongman Hosni Mubarak, Mekki served as Morsi's vice-president after the latter won the presidential elections in June 2012.
Six months into the job, Mekki decided to step down a few days before a new constitution, which did not include the post of vice president, was approved in a popular referendum.
In his resignation letter, Mekki said working in politics was not suitable for a judge.
He has since remained mute on developments in Egypt, making him a more suitable mediator for both rival camps.
Other public figures mooted for the role included Morsi's prime minister Hisham Qandil and Islamist thinker Mohamed Selim al-Awa, who ran a failed presidential bid against Morsi in June 2012.
Both nominations, however, were not received well by the new rulers.
Magdi Qurqur, a senior member in the pro-Morsi alliance, told AA Friday that a noted figure highly respected by all sides has been agreed upon as the lead mediator between the alliance and the army.
Mohamed Ali Beshr, a former minister in Morsi's government and a senior Muslim Brotherhood representative in the alliance, has earlier told Anadolu that the alliance had agreed to the idea of mediation to find a solution to Egypt's political standoff.Last Mod: 20 Ekim 2013, 16:33