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Egypt appoints new prime minister

On Tuesday, Ibrahim Mehlib (center) became the sixth person named Egypt’s prime minister in three years.
On Tuesday, Ibrahim Mehlib (center) became the sixth person named Egypt’s prime minister in three years.Khaled Kandil/Associated Press/file 2013

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CAIRO — An industrialist who rose to prominence during the Mubarak era was named as Egypt’s new prime minister Tuesday, a day after his predecessor abruptly announced the resignation of the military-backed government that had managed the country since July.

The new premier, Ibrahim Mehlib, who headed a state-owned construction company and served in the last Cabinet as housing minister, said at a news conference that he would name a new government within days. It will focus on improving living conditions, “defeating terrorism,” and ensuring a smooth presidential election, which is expected to be held in the coming weeks, he said.

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