Egypt protests: People to watch

Ahmed Shafiq

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    In this image taken from Egypt State TV, showing Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak (r.) as he swears in new Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq (front l.) during a ceremony to swear in the new government Cabinet as broadcast on Egypt State TV, Monday Jan. 31.
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Former Egyptian Air Force Commander Ahmed Shafiq was appointed prime minister by Mubarak on Saturday – a position with little influence, as most power is bestowed on the president, not the prime minister. Shafiq’s ties to the current establishment – he also served as aviation minister – have not made him a popular choice among protesters. According to Al Jazeera, signs in Sunday’s protests read “No to Suleiman, no to Shafiq.”

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