News / Africa

Egypt Protesters Vow to Carry On, Reject New PM Appointment

Former Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri, (File).
Former Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri, (File).

Egypt's ruling military council appointed veteran politico and former prime minister Kamal el-Ganzouri to head an interim government Friday, as protesters again gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square demanding an end to military rule.

Thousands turned out for the Friday protest at Cairo's Tahrir Square, waving banners and shouting "freedom, freedom"  just hours after the military council announced its selection of Kamal el-Ganzouri as prime minister. In the meantime, a rival demonstration in support of military council took place at Cairo's Abbasiya Square. Crowds were considerably smaller than those at Tahrir Square.

A Look At Egypt's New PM Kamal el-Ganzouri

  • Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces announced its selection Friday following mass protests.
  • Previously served as prime minister between 1996 and 1999, under former President Hosni Mubarak.

  • In his late 70's and succeeds Essam Sharaf as prime minister. Mr. Sharaf's civilian cabinet resigned earlier this week as part of a government concession to protesters demanding more reforms.

  • He is an economist. Before becoming prime minister during the Mubarak-era, he held government positions that included planning minister.

  • In a Friday news conference, Ganzouri said he is serving as prime minister "for the sake of the people" and is "part of the people." He added that a new cabinet cannot be formed until after parliamentary elections on Monday.
  • Kamal el-Ganzouri previously held the post under the government of former president Hosni Mubarak, who was ousted in February amid a popular uprising.

    Hoda, a 20-something protester wearing a headband and a loosely fitting veil, echoed the anger of many in the crowd at the appointment of an old line politician in his late 70s:

    She says protesters vow to stay in the square, demanding that young people play a more visible role. She sees the appointment of Ganzouri as an insult to protesters demanding change from the old guard.

    Egyptian TV showed Ganzouri accepting the nomination from Field Marshall Mohammed Hussein Tantawi. Ganzouri later told a press conference that he was being given full authority to deal with the crisis in the country and would try to form an inclusive government:

    Ganzouri says he wants extra time to form a government to include various sectors of society.

    Cries of “down with Field Marshall Tantawi” went up from the protesters after Ganzouri spoke. Ganzouri, who was previously prime minister from 1996 to 1999, is expected to run the country until a new parliament is seated in early January.

    Hassan, a young activist at Tahrir Square, said protesters are looking for a stronger and more independent political figure to lead the interim government.

    He says that the protesters want the new government be composed of leaders who are able to stand up to up to the military council.

    (Photo credit: AP)

    You May Like

    Video In US, Columbus Day Still Generates Controversy

    Holiday marks date Columbus discovered Americas, but some are offended by legacy because he enslaved many natives he encountered More

    Video Through Sports, Austria Tries to Give Migrants Traction

    With 85,000 people expected to claim asylum in Austria this year, its government has made integration through joint physical activities a key objective More

    Video Kickboxing Champion Shares Sport With Young Migrants

    Pouring into Europe by hundreds of thousands, some migrants, especially youngsters, are finding sports a way to integrate into new host countries More

    This forum has been closed.
    There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemeni
    Henry Ridgwell
    October 12, 2015 4:03 PM
    The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

    Video Amnesty Accuses Saudi Coalition of ‘War Crimes’ in Yemen

    The human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Saudi-led coalition of war crimes in airstrikes against Houthi rebels in Yemen. Henry Ridgwell reports the group says hundreds of civilians have been killed in strikes on residential areas.

    Video No Resolution in Sight to US House Speaker Drama

    Uncertainty grips the U.S. Congress, where no consensus replacement has emerged to succeed Republican House Speaker John Boehner after his surprise resignation announcement. Half of Congress is effectively leaderless weeks before America risks defaulting on its national debt and enduring another partial government shutdown.

    Video New Art Exhibit Focuses on Hope

    Out of struggle and despair often comes hope. That idea is behind a new art exhibit at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. "The Big Hope Show" features 25 artists, some of whom overcame trauma and loss. VOA’s Deborah Block reports.

    Video Columbus Day Still Generates Controversy as US Holiday

    The second Monday of October is Columbus Day in the United States, honoring explorer Christopher Columbus and his discovery of the Americas. The achievement is a source of pride for many, but for some the holiday is marked by controversy. Adrianna Zhang has more.

    Video Anger Simmers as Turks Begin to Bury Blast Victims

    The Turkish army carried out new air strikes on Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) targets on Sunday, a day after the banned group announced a unilateral cease fire. The air raids apparently are in retaliation for the Saturday bombing in Turkey's capital Ankara that killed at least 95 people and wounded more than 200 others. But as Zlatica Hoke reports, there are suspicions that Islamic State is involved.

    Video Bombings a Sign of Turkey’s Deep Troubles

    Turkey has begun a three-day period of mourning following Saturday’s bomb attacks in the capital, Ankara, that killed nearly 100 people. With contentious parliamentary elections three weeks away, the attacks highlight the challenges Turkey is facing as it struggles with ethnic friction, an ongoing migrant crisis, and growing tensions with Russia. VOA Europe correspondent Luis Ramirez reports.

    Video Afghanistan’s Progress Aided by US Academic Center

    Recent combat in Afghanistan has shifted world attention back to the central Asian nation’s continuing civil war and economic challenges. But, while there are many vexing problems facing Afghanistan’s government and people, a group of academics in Omaha, Nebraska has kept a strong faith in the nation’s future through programs to improve education. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more from Omaha, Nebraska.

    Video House Republicans in Chaos as Speaker Favorite Withdraws

    The Republican widely expected to become the next speaker of the House of Representatives shocked his colleagues Thursday by announcing he was withdrawing his candidacy. The decision by Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy means the race to succeed retiring Speaker John Boehner is now wide open. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone reports.

    Video German, US Officials Investigate Volkswagen

    German officials have taken steps to restore some of the reputation their car industry has lost after a recent Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. Authorities have searched Volkswagen headquarters and other locations in an effort to identify the culprits in the creation of software that helps cheat on emission tests. Meanwhile, a group of lawmakers in Washington held a hearing to get to the bottom of the cheating strategy that was first discovered in the United States. Zlatica Hoke reports.

    Video Why Are Gun Laws So Hard for Congress to Tackle?

    Since taking office, President Barack Obama has spoken out or issued statements about 15 mass shootings. The most recent shooting, in which 10 people were killed at a community college, sparked outrage over the nation's gun laws. But changing those laws isn't as easy as many think. VOA's Carolyn Presutti reports.

    Video In 'He Named Me Malala,' Guggenheim Finds Normal in Extraordinary

    Davis Guggenheim’s documentary "He Named Me Malala" offers a probing look into the life of 18-year-old Malala Yousafsai, the Pakistani teenager who, in 2012, was shot in the head by the Taliban for standing up for her right to education in her hometown in Pakistan's Swat Valley. Guggenheim shows how, since then, Malala has become a symbol not as a victim of brutal violence, but as an advocate for girls’ education throughout the world. VOA’s Penelope Poulou has more.

    Video Paintable Solar Cells May Someday Replace Silicon-Based Panels

    Solar panels today are still factory-manufactured, with the use of some highly toxic substances such as cadmium chloride. But a researcher at St. Mary’s College, Maryland, says we are close to being able to create solar panels by painting them on a suitable surface, using nontoxic solutions. VOA’s George Putic reports.

    VOA Blogs