Egypt's new PM vows to meet protesters' demands

04 Mar

This 2006 photo released by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., shows newly appointed Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf when he was on campus to receive the Distinguished Engineering Alumni award. Sharaf was named prime minister on Thursday, March 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Purdue University)


CAIRO, March 4, 2011 (KATAKAMI.COM) – Egypt’s new prime minister designate has vowed before thousands of mostly young demonstrators at a central Cairo square that he’ll do everything he can to meet their demands, pleading they turn their attention to “rebuilding” the country, AP reported on Friday.

Essam Sharaf was picked by Egypt’s ruling military on Thursday to replace Ahmed Shafiq as prime minister.

Shafiq was the last premier to be named by Hosni Mubarak, who stepped down Feb. 11 at the end of 18 days of anti-government protests.

A former transport minister, Sharaf endeared himself to the protesters when he joined the demonstrations that forced Mubarak to resign.

He told the crowd at Tahrir Square on Friday that he gains his “legitimacy” from the demonstrators but declined to take an oath of office before them as they demanded.  (*)


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