Egypt's housing minister says asked to form new government

2014-02-25 14:31 | 3 Views | 0 Comments

CAIRO, Feb 25 - Egypt's outgoing Housing Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said he had been asked to form a new government, the state-run Al-Ahram newspaper reported on its website.

Mahlab was speaking to Al-Ahram after meeting interim President Adly Mansour, who officially asked him to form the new cabinet. Mahlab said he would begin consultations immediately, Al-Ahram said.

Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi's government resigned on Monday. Beblawi was appointed in July after the army removed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi from power following mass protests against his rule.

Mahlab, a former official in deposed President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party, is a civil engineer who formerly served as chairman and CEO of Arab Contractors Company, a large Egyptian civil engineering firm.

A profile distributed by the housing ministry said Mahlab is married and speaks English and French.

- AP
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