The negotiations reflected a central tension in the collection of groups that backed the military in its removal of Morsi. Most of those groups are liberal, secular, leftist or “revolutionary” and they are determined to get one of their own in the main leadership after a year of Islamist rule under Morsi.
But there is one major Islamist faction among their ranks — the ultraconservative al-Nour Party, which broke with Morsi months ago.
ElBaradei is considered one of the inspirations of the revolutionary groups that led the 2011 uprising against autocrat Hosni Mubarak. But many Islamists distrust him, seeing him as too secular.