Outgoing housing minister named Egypt's new PM
Published on Feb 25, 2014 9:24 PM
CAIRO (AFP) - Outgoing housing minister Ibrahim Mahlab has been named Egypt's new prime minister and tasked with forming a government after the previous military-installed cabinet resigned, state newspaper Al-Ahram reported on Tuesday.
The government of prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi resigned en masse on Monday in a surprise move ahead of a presidential poll that is likely to bring outgoing defence minister and army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to power.
Mr Mahlab has met with interim president Adly Mansour, who "officially tasked (me) with forming a new government," the newspaper quoted Mahlab as saying.
Mr Mahlab, an engineer, was a member of the National Democratic Party (NDP) of Hosni Mubarak, who was toppled after 30 years in power by an Arab Spring-inspired uprising in 2011.
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