A Look At Egypt’s New Prime Minister

Posted November 25th, 2011 at 10:45 am (UTC-5)
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Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces announced Friday its selection of Kamal el-Ganzouri as prime minister.

-Mr. Ganzouri previously served as prime minister between 1996 and 1999, under former President Hosni Mubarak.

-Mr. Ganzouri, who is in his late 70's, succeeds Essam Sharaf as prime minister. Mr. Sharaf's civilian cabinet resigned earlier this week as part of a government concession to protesters demanding more reforms.

-Mr. Ganzouri is an economist. Before becoming prime minister during the Mubarak-era, he held government positions that included planning minister.

-In a Friday news conference, Mr. Ganzouri said he is serving as prime minister “for the sake of the people” and is “part of the people.” He added that a new cabinet cannot be formed until after parliamentary elections on Monday.