Mubarak appoints new vice-president, prime minister

Appointments do little to quell anti-government protests in Egypt

The head of Egyptian intelligence Omar Soliman was sworn in as the country’s vice-president on Saturday, just a day after President Hosni Mubarak responded to massive protests threatening to topple his regime by ordering a full-scale re-shuffle of his government. Ahmad Shafiq, a former aviation minister, was also appointed prime minister. The moves have done little to quell demonstrators, who took to the streets again on Saturday in defiance of a government-imposed curfew. The Egyptian military has so far declined to intervene against protesters but is threatening to clear demonstrators from Tahrir Square in Cairo.

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