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Hamdy Qandil recalls ‘historic episode’ with former PM

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: While opinions differ on whether former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq’s appearance on ONTV Wednesday brought down his cabinet, prominent journalist Hamdy Qandil says one thing is for sure, “This was a historic episode in Arabic television.” At a panel discussion at the American University in Cairo Sunday, Qandil, recalled Shafiq’s appearance …


PM resigns, former transport minister takes over

By Marwa Al-A’asar CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned Thursday from his post, about eight hours after being fiercely criticized by a number of outspoken guests during a live TV talk show. The military council ruling Egypt assigned former Minister of Transport Essam Sharaf to form a new caretaker government. “The Supreme Council of the …


Opposition welcome Shafiq resignation

By Safaa Abdoun CAIRO: The resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq was welcomed by the opposition in Egypt, who were planning to stage a sit-in starting this Friday in Tahrir Square indefinitely until he stepped down. “Shafiq’s resignation is a step in the right direction, especially since Essam Sharaf replaced him and we are expecting …


Ahmed Shafiq resigns; Essam Sharaf to form new govt as prime minister

By Agencies CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigned unexpectedly Thursday, sparking celebrations from protesters who demand a purge of the remnants of ousted president Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The country’s military rulers said he would be replaced by Essam Sharaf, a former transport minister who joined the rallies in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that led to …


Mahmoud Saad quits state-TV over Shafiq interview

CAIRO: Popular television presenter Mahmoud Saad said he resigned from the talk show “Masr Enaharda” (Egypt Today), on terrestrial state-TV on Saturday. In a phone call “Ashera Masa’an” on Dream TV later that night, Saad said he was ordered to change his scheduled line up of interviews to make room for a one-on-one with Prime …


Reshuffled cabinet met with dismay as new members defend appointment

By Abdel-Rahman Hussein and Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The expected reshuffle in Egypt’s interim cabinet has not yet been officially announced, but has been partially leaked by the new Deputy Prime Minister Yehia El-Gamal in a call-in to a television show. El-Gamal confirmed that he would assume the newly created post as Deputy Prime Minister, despite …


Al-Wafd’s Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour appointed minister of tourism

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The Secretary-General of Al-Wafd opposition party Mounir Fakhry Abdel Nour confirmed to Daily News Egypt his appointment as Minister of Tourism in the interim government led by Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq. Shafiq’s government is currently under fire for its affiliation with ousted president Hosni Mubarak, who had appointed Shafiq in a …


Egypt official predicts limited cabinet reshuffle

By AFP CAIRO: A limited cabinet reshuffle is expected to take place shortly, an Egyptian military official told the state MENA news agency on Saturday. “Soon there will be a limited cabinet reshuffle in the caretaker government headed by Ahmed Shafiq, to include three or four ministers,” the official said. Pro-democracy activists, who helped launch …


Shafiq says cabinet’s priority is to restore order, boost the economy

  CAIRO: Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said in the first press conference after President Mubarak’s ouster on Sunday that cabinet is functioning as usual and reporting to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces. He confirmed that the economy is stable for now, but warned that the situation is bound to deteriorate if protests continued, emphasizing …


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