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July 10, 2013

New Egyptian PM Well-Known at Home and Abroad

by VOA News

Egypt's interim prime minister, Hazem el-Beblawi, is a familiar name not just in Egypt but in global diplomatic, financial, and academic circles.

He is known as a liberal and advocate of a free market economy.

The 76-year-old Beblawi studied law at Cairo University and earned a doctorate of economics at the University of Paris.

His various posts include teaching economics at universities in the Middle East, Europe, and the United States and five years as undersecretary general of the United Nations.

Beblawi became Egypt's finance minister after the 2011 revolution that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, but submitted his resignation months later to protest the killings of Christian protesters by Egyptian soldiers.  The government refused to accept his resignation.