Egypt’s New Prime Minister Calls For An End To ‘Factional’ Protests

In his first speech since being sworn in as Egypt’s new premiere, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb called for an end to what he describes as “factional protests” so that the country can be rebuilt.

Mehleb on Sunday also promised to seriously look into the demands of protesters.

Egypt has witnessed a wave of labour strikes in recent months across many sectors, including doctors, to protest poor working conditions and low salaries. Many have viewed the ongoing strikes as a reason for last week’s sudden resignation of the cabinet of Mehleb’s predecessor, Hazem El-Bablawi.

During his speech on Sunday, Mehleb said that his government is determined to realise the goals of the 25 January 2011 and 30 June 2013 uprisings, namely in terms of providing “social justice.”

“Maintaining security and fighting terrorism are at the top of his cabinet’s priorities. The battle against militants will be done in accordance with the law while preserving both the the blood of Egyptians and human rights,” he said.

He went on to praise members of the police and army who have died in the recent spike in militant attacks on security personnel since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

In terms of Egypt’s economy, the former housing minister said he’s seeking “rapid solutions” to provide citizens with basic means and restore economic balance through the creation of an investment-friendly environment and offering greater employment opportunities to youth.

“Priority will be given to national projects such as the Suez Canal, along with other development projects across all sectors,” he added.

Mehleb also vowed to create a neutral political climate, balance Egypt’s foreign ties and rid the country of corruption while still giving full support to the private sector.

Source : Ahram online

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