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New Egypt PM vows to fight 'terrorism', bring back tourists

Published on Feb 26, 2014 12:06 AM

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's military-installed authorities named a former member of ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak's ruling party as prime minister on Tuesday ahead of a presidential election expected to bring the army chief to power.

Mr Ibrahim Mahlab, a former state-sector construction boss, vowed to fight "terrorism" and bring back tourists as he began work on forming a new cabinet after the surprise resignation on Monday of prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi.

Mr Beblawi's government had been installed in July after the military ousted Islamist Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first freely elected president and its first civilian one.

But it resigned in the face of mounting criticism of its failure to get to grips with a floundering economy and worsening industrial unrest.

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