Mubarak appoints vice president, prime minister

CAIRO: President Hosni Mubarak appointed intelligence chief Omar Sulieman as vice president and Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq as Prime Minister.

In response to mass protests that saw tens of thousands of Egyptians take to the streets throughout governorates, the president asked the cabinet to resign.

In a televised speech late Friday, the president said he’ll form a new government.

Sulieman filled a post that has been vacant since Mubarak, then vice president,

In this image grab from the Egyptian state television, Egyptian intelligence Chief Omar Suleiman takes the oath of vice presidency in front of President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo on January 29, 2011. (AFP PHOTO/HO/EGYPTIAN AL-MASRIYA TV )

assumed power after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981.

Sulieman, 74, has long been considered a potential successor of Mubarak. He was the former head of the military intelligence.

Shafiq is the former commander of the Egyptian air force, a post that Mubarak held before.

He has been the Minister of civil aviation since 2002. He has been assigned with forming a new government. –Daily News Egypt

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