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Hariri congratulates new Egyptian prime minister

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour (front row, C) poses for a group picture with members of the newly appointed government headed by new Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (front row, 5th L) at the presidential palace in Cairo, in this March 1, 2014 picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency. REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout via Reuters

BEIRUT: Former Prime Minister Saad Hariri congratulated Wednesday Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab on the formation of a new government.

Hariri “wished him success in his duties for the best interest and prosperity of the Egyptian people,” according to a statement issued by the former premier’s office.

Mahlab was named prime minister late February following the surprise resignation of former Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi's government.

On Saturday, the new prime minister unveiled a new 31-member cabinet that retained Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as defense minister.

Mahlab is a civil engineer who formerly headed of one of Egypt's biggest construction firms. He was also an official in deposed President Hosni Mubarak's National Democratic Party.





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