Egypt swears in new government to tackle economic woes

Egypt's new Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab talks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Cairo, March 2, 2014.

Egypt’s new Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab talks during a news conference at the presidential palace in Cairo, March 2, 2014.

Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb was sworn in on Tuesday at the head of a new government that retained key economic and security ministers but created a new investment post to attract funds to an economy racked by years of political turmoil.

Mehleb, followed by his ministers, took the oath of office in front of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the former army chief who re-appointed him after Sisi won a landslide election victory in May.

Trying to project a sense of urgency and purpose in the new government’s mission, the early-rising former military president had summoned the ministers to a palace in northern Cairo at 6 a.m. for a ceremony that began promptly, an hour later.

His prime minister echoed the need to move quickly, promising an energetic, focused and better coordinated regime.

“There is no time for rest,” Mehleb was quoted as saying on the front page of the state’s Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper.

 

 

 

 



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