Former Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri has agreed to become Egypt's new prime minister and will form a new government, an Egyptian army spokesman said Thursday.
This development - announced by Lt. Col. Amr Imam - comes days after former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his government quit en masse. And it was revealed shortly before Monday's parliamentary elections, which Egypt's military rulers vowed Thursday would go on despite ongoing violence and unrest.
Ganzouri was Egypt's prime minister in the late 1990s under President Hosni Mubarak. He accepted an offer Thursday after meeting with Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, field marshal of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who has been Egypt's dominant force since Mubarak's ouster in February, according to the state-run MENA news agency.
According to Aly Hassan, a judicial consultant, Ganzouri would remain prime minister until January 10, when results of the parliamentary elections are announced. After then, Parliament would have to back Ganzouri for him to remain in the position.
The move comes as protesters remain massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square, angry at the political transition and military rulers.FULL STORY