March 3, 2011 / 9:54 AM / 8 years ago

Egypt's prime minister quits, new government soon: army

Egypt's Civil Aviation Minister Ahmed Shafiq talks during an event at the Egypt Air Maintenance and Engineering facilities in Cairo in this January 20, 2011 file photo. Egypt's military rulers have accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and appointed a former transport minister, Essam Sharaf, to form a new government, the army said in a statement on March 3, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Files

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s military rulers have accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and appointed a former transport minister, Essam Sharaf, to form a new government, the army said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement was carried on the military’s Facebook page and then confirmed to Reuters by a military spokesman.

Writing by Edmund Blair

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