Egypt protests continue despite new vice president, prime minister

30 January 2011 12:02  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak appointed a vice president and a prime minister following days of protest by the public against his rule but violence continued with more than 100 people killed so far, media reports said on Sunday.

Mubarak named his close confidant Omar Suleiman as vice president on Saturday after five days of biggest-anti government protests left capital Cairo in chaos, Reuters reported.

Suleiman, 74, has a military background and was intelligence chief for nearly two decades.

Mubarak also appointed a new prime minister, Ahmed Shafiq, who had been his civil aviation minister in the cabinet that was sacked by him on Friday.

The protests, which have injured over 2,000 people including police, continued on Sunday despite curfews and the presence of the powerful army on the streets of major Egyptian cities.

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