FACTBOX - Ahmed Shafiq appointed Egypt's prime minister

CAIRO Sat Jan 29, 2011 11:31am EST

A file photo shows Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq during an event at the Egypt Air Maintenance and Engineering facilities in Cairo January 20, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files

A file photo shows Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq during an event at the Egypt Air Maintenance and Engineering facilities in Cairo January 20, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's president picked former air force commander and aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq as the next prime minister on Saturday.

Here are some facts about Shafiq.

* Ahmed Shafiq, a close associate of President Hosni Mubarak, had been minister of civil aviation since 2002.

* A former fighter pilot, Shafiq served as commander of the Egyptian air force between 1996 to 2002, a post Mubarak himself held before he became vice president of Egypt under former President Anwar Sadat.

* As minister of civil aviation, Shafiq has won a reputation for efficiency and administrative competence. He has supervised a successful modernisation programme at the state airline EgyptAir and improvements to the country's airports.