Egypt PM vows to fulfill revolution demands
The Egyptian PM Essam Sharaf said that the new ministers in his cabinet were not chosen on the base of party.
Cairo: Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Thursday promised that fulfilling protesters' demands and improving security conditions in the country will top his government's agenda in the coming period.
In his first address after a cabinet shuffle on Thursday, Sharaf said he asked his ministers to prepare action plans with the "first objective of achieving the revolution's goals and preserving its gains."
Sharaf said his government's top priority is to achieve the goals of the revolution, which toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak.
Improving security conditions will top the government's agenda in the coming period, he said, adding his second top priority will be the fulfillment of the needs of citizens.
Other priorities include achieving justice, guaranteeing a democratic transition and creating favorable conditions for holding free and fair elections, he said.
Sharaf said that the new ministers in his cabinet were not chosen on the base of party or political affiliations.
The premier thanked the former ministers, saying that they had done their best at a critical juncture in Egypt's history.
Sharaf said he understands that the government performance during the past time was not up to expectations, stressing that his ministers have done their utmost to fulfil the people's aspirations.
The premier said the gubernatorial lineup will signal that the government is ready for the coming phase.
"Families of the victims and those injured in the revolution will be honored by the government morally and financially," Sharaf said.
He noted that the Supreme Council of Justice had decided to allow airing of the trials of corruption symbols, adding that measures were taken to ensure faster pace of the trials.
He also said that the government had founded a fund to care for the families of the revolution's victims.
The premier said that the minister of justice and he have discussed amending 1950 law that criminalizes political corruption, noting that the amendments will be announced within three weeks.