Warm reception for Egypt`s new PM in Tahrir Square
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Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2011, 20:19
Cairo: Thousands of Egyptian demonstrators greeted new Prime Minister Essam Sharaf with raucous cheers of support in Cairo's Tahrir Square today, a day after he was named to the post.

"Lift your head up high, you're Egyptian," the protesters chanted in the same way they had when president Hosni Mubarak resigned on February 11 after nearly three weeks of bloody anti-government protests.

Some formed a human tunnel to allow Sharaf -- who was appointed by the country's new military rulers yesterday -- to walk through the crush of supporters.

Previous premier Ahmed Shafiq stood down yesterday. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took power upon Mubarak's resignation, has pledged to oversee a transition to a free democratic system.

But protesters had continued to gather in Tahrir Square after Mubarak's overthrow to demand that the caretaker government headed by Shafiq be purged of members of the old regime.

Today's protest, which was meant to press for change, turned into a massive celebration following news that Shafiq had been replaced by Sharaf.

The new premier, who served briefly as a transport minister under Mubarak, had joined protesters in Tahrir Square during the uprising to demand political and economic change.


First Published: Friday, March 04, 2011, 20:19

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