Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Handout)
Newly appointed Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal Ganzouri urged demonstrators in
Tahrir Square to grant him two months to fulfill their demands, in an interview
with the Al-Shorouk daily on Saturday morning.
Referring to progress
being made towards forming a government, Ganzouri said that he will try to
include representatives from among the young protesters.
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that the unprecedented power given to the government and prime
minister will allow the government head "to solve the crisis in a direct
Protesters demanding an
end to army rule clashed with police firing tear gas near Egypt's
parliament building on Saturday in a flare-up that cast another shadow
over a parliamentary election billed as the nation's first free vote in
Protesters said one man, Ahmed Sayed, 21, died after
being hit by a state security vehicle. His death was the first since a
truce between police and demonstrators on Thursday calmed violence that
had killed 41 people in Cairo and elsewhere.
Egypt's Interior Ministry said the vehicle had hit him by accident.
of demonstrators camped overnight in Cairo's Tahrir Square ahead of the
election, due to start on Monday in Cairo, Alexandria and some other
The clash occurred after one group marched to parliament
to protest against the army's appointment of 78-year-old Kamal Ganzouri,
a premier under Hosni Mubarak, as new prime minister.
"Down, down with the marshal," a
group chanted in the square, near tents set up on grassy patches. They
were referring to Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who heads the
ruling army council and was also Mubarak's defence minister.
Tens of thousands gathered on Friday
to demand the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces speed up a transition
to democracy which they believe requires the generals to leave power
The political turmoil and violence are compounding the
economic woes of a country where livelihoods have been hit by a year of
turmoil after Mubarak was toppled.
generals have shown no sign of giving way to the demand to quit now.
Instead, they have responded by promising that a new president would be
elected by mid-2012, sooner than previously announced, and appointing
Ganzouri, 78, to head a "national salvation government".
Speaking to the media on Friday, Ganzouri described his task as
thankless and "extremely difficult" and listed his priorities as
securing the streets and reviving the economy. Egypt's pound has
weakened to its lowest level in seven years.
The Tahrir protesters have dismissed Ganzouri, premier from 1996 to
1999, as another face from the past whose appointment reflects the
generals' resistance to change.
"Why are they picking Ganzouri now? This shows that the army is
unwilling to let go of any power by recycling a former ally. This
government won't have any powers, why else pick someone that is loyal to
them?" asked protester Mohamed El Meligy, 20.