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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.