November 24th, 2011
02:48 PM ET

Egyptian army: Former prime minister to take post again

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.

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  1. Cassandra Chu

    It's time that Egypt invades Israel and gives back the land to the Palestinians. Egypt needs a real leader.

    November 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • fearlessdude

      No can do. The Jews got the bomb.

      November 24, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mycology

      No can do, the Jews (Jus) have a right to live in Judea (Jewdea),

      there has NEVER in the history of mankind been a "palestine" state, country, or kingdom.

      "palestine" is the OCCUPATION NAME the Romans gave to Judea, and now, that wrong has been undone.

      Israel is the homeland of the Jewish people, and Jerusalem their capital.

      Thanks for highlighting what a warmongering nutcase you are though. allahuakbar and what not.

      November 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Justice786

      Palestine will be free again, and just as Palestinians welcomed Jews who had been persecuted in Europe for centuries, they again will welcome peace loving jews. Zionists have no place in Plalestine or among peace loving Jews. Palestinians whether Muslims, Christians or Jews got along fine until zionism came around.

      November 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • sam

      this has got to be the stupidest comment of the day

      November 24, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joey Isotta-Fraschini

      I agree Cassandra, but first Egypt needs a Socialist Revolution to get it's economy in order by getting the unemployed out to the countryside on to state farms like Israel's Kibutses. Under both Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak, Capitalism seems to have failed bigtime.

      November 25, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  2. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Cassandra Chu,
    I agree.
    Bring back Hatshepsut to do that.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Marine5484

    Yeah not going to happen there you two. They couldn't do it with Syria's help there sure as he!! Not going to do it on their own.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Not only the bomb: they can divide the sea.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      Not to mention the creeping death – first born of egypt and all..

      November 24, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Indeed. Hatshepsut was a formidable ruler.

    November 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Martin

    So now they got back the old regime "was prime minister under Mubarak"? As they say, Revolution comes in threes. I wonder when the third one will be? Pretty fast I would think.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Palestine: 700 BCE – 1948 CE

    November 24, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    @ banasy:
    You caught her name.
    You probably caught the sarcasm I intended, too.
    I love brains.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. banasy©

    @JIF: 😉

    November 24, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. bobcat ( in a hat )

    So is he legitmate as a ruler, or is he just a centerpiece for the military to control ?

    November 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    I don't associate Palestine or any other country with a religion. I associate Palestine with a people.
    Land is not occupied by a concept of right or wrong. It is occupied by some kind of power.

    November 24, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy©

    So it shall be written.
    So it shall be done.

    November 24, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Sonographer

    You're truly right with this writing...

    November 25, 2011 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |