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SCAF accepts Cabinet resignation, MOI to pull police from Tahrir

By Safaa Abdoun and Dalia Rabie CAIRO: In a televised statement, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi announced that he has accepted the Cabinet’s resignation and that presidential elections will take place no later than June 2012. Tantawi also said that parliamentary elections will be held as …

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Essam Sharaf: Our man on the inside (Part 2)

It didn’t take long for the cracks to emerge. Public roars for public demands often went unanswered, or just barely acknowledged, by an increasingly weary looking Sharaf nor by a pressured SCAF. In addition, there were concerns of a return to unpopular practices by the regime. Revolutionary coalitions complained of security personnel using excessive force …

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Egypt’s deputy PM back at work after resignation rejected

CAIRO: Egypt’s Finance Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, also the deputy premier, returned to work on Wednesday after the ruling military council rejected his resignation, a Cabinet source said, after a day of confusion that underscored the country’s fragile politics. El-Beblawi handed in his notice on Tuesday after less than three months in the job because of …

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Essam Sharaf: Our man on the inside (Part 1)

A recent Arab Barometer poll showed that the clear majority of Egyptians trusted their current Prime Minister, Dr Essam Sharaf. More importantly, it showed that they believed the government understood their needs and concerns, and that it was working hard on achieving those needs. For the majority of Egyptians it seems, Essam Sharaf is just …

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PM vows to fulfill revolution demands

By AFP CAIRO: Prime Minister Essam Sharaf promised protesters in his first address after a cabinet shuffle on Thursday that their demands would be met and that the goals of the revolution were his top priority. The premier made his pledge in a televised statement hours after his new cabinet was sworn-in, in a bid …

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Further delays to cabinet reshuffle as PM rests

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, who was hospitalized overnight for exhaustion, will spend the day resting and then finalize a new cabinet, the government said on Tuesday. The new ministers were meant to be sworn in on Monday, but the ceremony was postponed for a day amid protests over the embattled premier’s …

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PM taken to hospital, new cabinet delayed

By Sami Aboudi and Yasmine Saleh /Reuters CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was taken to hospital because of blood pressure problems on Monday, and the swearing in of a much-changed cabinet was delayed. Sharaf, 59, underwent medical tests in Dar Al-Fouad hospital in Cairo after suffering a fall in blood pressure, the state MENA news …

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Under-fire PM delays swearing-in of new cabinet

By Samer Al-Atrush /AFP CAIRO: Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Monday postponed the swearing-in of a new cabinet intended to deflect anger over the pace of reform as protesters said the shakeup did not go far enough. Sharaf, who heads a caretaker government after a revolt toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak in February, had hoped the sweeping …

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Under-fire PM pushes on with cabinet reshuffle

By AFP CAIRO: Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was Monday finalizing a cabinet reshuffle aimed at deflecting anger at the slow pace of reform, while officials denied former president Hosni Mubarak was in a coma. The prime minister, who heads a caretaker government after a revolt toppled Mubarak in February, on Sunday began unveiling a new …

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Suspense as ministers resign ahead of Cabinet reshuffle

By Jailan Zayan /  AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf pushed forward with plans for a sweeping cabinet reshuffle on Sunday in a bid to appease protesters angry over the pace of reform. Sharaf has handed his proposed list of ministers to the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for approval, the official MENA …

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Egypt PM accepts deputy resignation, says Cabinet

By Dina Zayed / Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf accepted the resignation of his deputy premier, whose removal had been called for by protesters, the Cabinet’s Facebook page said on Tuesday. Yehia El-Gamal had previously offered his resignation but it was rejected by the ruling military council, who are now under new pressure from …

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Egypt PM accepts deputy resignation: Cabinet

By Dina Zayed/Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf accepted the resignation of his deputy premier, whose removal had been called for by protesters, the Cabinet’s Facebook page said on Tuesday. Yehia El-Gamal had previously offered his resignation but it was rejected by the ruling military council, who are now under new pressure from demonstrators camping …

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Press slams PM Essam Sharaf’s concessions

By  AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s press on Tuesday reacted coldly to a series of concessions by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf aimed at placating protesters, amid mounting anger over the pace of reforms. On Monday, Sharaf ordered a cabinet reshuffle within a week, a reshuffle of governors within a month and set a July 15 deadline for …

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Egypt PM says to reshuffle cabinet within a week

By Reuters CAIRO: Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf said on Monday he would reshuffle his cabinet within a week after protests about slow reforms and foot-dragging in prosecuting ousted president Hosni Mubarak and senior aides. Sharaf said in an address on Egyptian state television that he had also asked Interior Minister Mansour El-Essawy, to speed …

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PM Sharaf promises sweeping changes or resignation

  CAIRO: In an emergency meeting with youth leaders, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf promised a complete Cabinet reshuffle by July 17 and a change of governors before July 25, according to Al-Ahram daily. Egypt’s interim PM also said he would resign if he is unable to meet these commitments. The meeting took place amid escalations …

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Sharaf meets candidate poised to head information ministry

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Prime Minister Essam Sharaf met Thursday Editor-in-Chief of Al-Wafd newspaper Osama Heikel, candidate to head the Ministry of Information, Egynews.net website reported Thursday. Cabinet spokesman Ahmed El-Semman said that Sharaf confirmed at the meeting the importance of the role of the media in the coming period, expressing his trust in …

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Sharaf promotes successes ahead of Friday protest

By Reuters CAIRO: Egypt’s Prime Minister promoted his interim government’s achievements on Wednesday since taking office in February before a rally planned in Cairo on Friday. Facebook groups, which helped oust President Hosni Mubarak in February, have been complaining about what they see as slow political and economic reforms and delays by the military council …

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Doctors halt strike after PM meeting

By Tamim Elyan CAIRO: Doctors suspended their open-ended strike late Tuesday after a meeting with Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and Finance Minister Samir Radwan, who promised to meet their demands including raising the health budget. The Higher Committee organizing the doctors’ strike called for its suspension after a delegation met with Sharaf, who said that the …

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Ministers sworn in amid support from opposition

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Ministers in the new Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf were sworn in by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces on Monday. Some ministers of the previous government headed by former prime minister Ahmed Shafiq remained, and eight new ones were named: Nabil El-Araby as Foreign Minister, Mansour El-Essawy …

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Ministers nominated for Cabinet headed by Egypt’s new PM

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: A list of nominees for the new Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf was announced on its Facebook and Twitter pages Sunday morning. Cabinet spokesperson Magdi Radi told Daily News Egypt however that the ministers’ posts are not official until they take the oath on Monday. Secretary General of Al-Wafd …

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Thousands in Tahrir welcome new PM Essam Sharaf

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Thousands of protestors flocked to Tahrir square on Friday to celebrate the resignation of former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and listen to the speech of the new PM Essam Sharaf. Following Friday prayers Sharaf told jubilant protesters in Tahrir Square that he drew his legitimacy from the people. “I was appointed …

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Sharaf in Tahrir: I draw my legitimacy from the people

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: Prime Minister Essam Sharaf told jubilant protesters in Tahrir Square that he drew his legitimacy from the people. “I was appointed by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, but I came here to draw my legitimacy from you,” said Sharaf. “My mission requires a lot of persistence and courage, and …

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