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Egypt's Sisi assigns PM to form new cabinet

English.news.cn   2014-06-09 18:18:50

CAIRO, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Egypt's new President Abdel-Fattah al- Sisi on Monday assigned Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab who had tendered his government resignation to form new cabinet, state-run Nile TV reported.

The ex-army chief was sworn in on Sunday, nearly a year after he ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi after millions protested against his turbulent one year rule.

In the resignation letter, Mahlab said his government resigned to give the new president the chance to choose freely his aides, official news agency MENA reported.

Mahlab will be the second interim prime minister who resigned in nearly one year. His predecessor Hazem Beblawi's cabinet took office last July, following the deposition of Morsi.

Beblawi tendered his resignation late February amid a host of strikes in a lot of sectors, including public transport workers, textile workers, garbage collectors and health staff.

Mahlab will lead the new caretaker cabinet with minor reshuffle of ministers until the parliamentary elections end, the third and the last step of the roadmap which was outlined by the army after Morsi's removal, Ahram-run newspaper reported on its website.

The constitution gives the president the right to name prime minister, but the parliament has the chance to support or veto the nomination. If it is rejected, the president must accept the appointment from the party or alliance that has the most seats in the parliament.

Based on the 2014 draft, the country will have the semi- presidential ruling system that grants wide jurisdictions for the prime minister and the executive authority.

Editor: Luan
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