White House backs Egyptian protesters

Military appoints Mubarak-era PM

The Obama administration is calling for a “full transfer” of power in Egypt to a civilian government, siding with thousands of protesters who have flocked to Cairo’s Tahrir Square to demand the resignation of the country’s ruling military council. Activists are asking that the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has ruled Egypt since former dictator Hosni Mubarak stepped down in February, resign immediately and transfer power to a civilian government. In an effort to subdue the protests, the military appointed a new prime minister on Friday, Kamel el-Ganzoury, who served in Mubarak’s cabinet in the 1990s. The military rulers plan to go ahead with parliamentary elections scheduled for Monday, despite violence, spreading dissent, and the refusal of prominent political parties to participate.

The New York Times