Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei has not been named Egypt's prime minister, but is "the logical choice," the interim president's spokesman said Saturday, contradicting statements earlier in the day by officials in ElBaradei's political party.
The move comes as anger grows among supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsy -- including the Muslim Brotherhood -- who have decried the military's move to push him from power, and raised fears of widening violence.
ElBaradei met with interim President Adly Mansour for two hours Saturday afternoon, and "discussions and consultations are ongoing," presidential adviser Ahmed al-Muslimani said on state-run TV.
"Tomorrow we expect to name the prime minister and the ministers."
If ElBaradei is selected, it would signal a secular shift just days after a military coup ousted the nation's first democratically elected -- and Islamist -- president.
The country stands divided between those who support the return to power of Morsy and those who applaud the military takeover and accuse Morsy's government of having edged toward an Islamist and autocratic rule.
Each side accuses the other of thwarting democracy.
And on Saturday, each side was trying to present a unified front, as violence between Morsy's supporters and his opponents and the military swept across the country, leaving at least 30 dead and more than 1,400 wounded, according to state-run media.
The possible appointment of ElBaradei, the defacto head of the opposition movement in the days leading to Wednesday's ouster of Morsy, has been discussed as a possibility among supporters in recent days.
ElBaradei, the former head of the U.N's nuclear watchdog agency, ran in the country's first election in 2012 but withdrew after criticizing the interim government for failing to bring about a "real democratic system."
How Morsy's supporters, who supported the deposed Islamist president's rule, react to the new government will be key for post-coup Egypt, where the military suspended the country's constitution and dissolved parliament.
In an interview with CNN on Thursday, ElBaradei called Morsy's ouster a "reset" of the 2011 popular revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak.
"Either we risk a civil war or ... take extra constitutional measures to ensure that we keep the country together," he said, explaining the military's conundrum. "This is a recall, and it is nothing novel."
Outside the Republican Guard headquarters, where four pro-Morsy protesters died Friday in clashes with military forces loyal to the fledgling government, a funeral march was held Saturday.
And pro-Morsy demonstrations continued around the Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque.
The Egyptian Armed Forces, responding to "rumors and lies," said on its Facebook page that there was no division among its ranks over its decision to back "the demands of the Egyptian people" over the government.
"These rumors are completely and utterly untrue," it said.
Those supporting Morsy's return to power turned out en masse in squares around the country on Friday -- dubbed a "day of rejection" by the Muslim Brotherhood -- in demonstrations marked by sporadic violence between supporters of Morsy and his opponents and security forces.
Thirty-five people were killed and 1,404 others injured since Friday across the nation, according to state TV which cited health ministry sources.
On Saturday, the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party, rejected the call for national dialogue from the newly installed interim president, Adly Mansour.
"The party reiterated its stance that it does not recognize the military coup and that the legitimate president of Egypt is Mohamed Morsy," said Hussein Ibrahim Amin, the secretary-general of the party, in a statement, according to state-run EgyNews.
Crowds of Morsy supporters converged for a second consecutive day Saturday outside the Republican Guard complex, where Morsy was reportedly being held, according to a tweet from the party.
"Steadfast Iron, Iron, president," the crowds were said to be chanting. "Behind you a million-man martyr."
The complex had been the site Friday of at least four killings that occurred when demonstrators charged the military, the health ministry said.
Soldiers used live ammunition, the Freedom and Justice Party said. Security forces, on state television, denied the assertion.