Nov 25 - Egypt's generals appoint political veteran Kamal Ganzouri as new PM to mixed reactions from protesters in Tahrir Square. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.
EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Egypt's ruling generals have appointed a new prime minister, Kamal Ganzouri. He has agreed in principle to lead the new government. The appointment of Ganzouri, who served under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, has been met with mixed reactions from protesters in Cairo's Tahrir square. (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) PROTESTER, SUHIR NADIM, SAYING: "Oh my God, what bad news! Will we never end with the old guard? They immediately go for 70- and 80-year-olds? And the youth, they have no chance at all? We are standing here and so many people have died so that in the end we get Kamal Ganzouri? It's bad news." (SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) PROTESTER, MUSTAFA HUSSEIN, SAYING: "He is a man with a good reputation and he served the country and he was oppressed by the previous regime. So I think he will serve us and stand with us and help us. But at the same time, if anything bad happens, the people will gather here at the square and they know where to come to get rid of any person and say that's good and that's bad." Despite the new appointment, activists vowed to increase the pressure on the generals with an overwhelming show of people power planned for Friday. The military rule has promised to speed up the timetable for a handover to civilian presidential rule and insists the elections will go ahead next week as planned. Once hailed as a champion of the people, now the army is trying to defuse the worst crisis of its tenure in almost a week of protests that have left 41 people dead. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters