Thursday, March 3, 2011
Egyptian military fire prime minister Ahmed Shafiq
The Egyptian military have fired the cabinet of prime minister Ahmed Shafiq. In his place they appointed former transport minister Essam Sharaf. Sharaf, who served as a minister from 2002-2004 and after that became a professor at Cairo University, only heard about his nomination on Thursday morning. He immediately started consultations to form a new cabinet.
The firing of Shafiq, who was appointed by former president Mubarak only days before he himself left office, was done in a clear attempt to defuse the tension of the repeated street protests during which was demanded to fire the government, whichy - apart from Shafiq himself - contained several ministers from the period Mubarak, like minister of foreign affairs Abul Gheit or justice minister Marei. For tomorrow, Friday, a call for a new demonstration had gone out already.