Egyptian military officials announced that Dr. Kamal Ganzouri, a former prime minister, had agreed to become Egypt's next prime minister and will form a new government. That development comes few days after former Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his government stepped down.
Ganzouri was Egypt's prime minister between 1996 and 1999 under President Hosni Mubarak.
He met Thursday with Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, according to the state-run MENA news agency. Ganzouri would remain prime minister until at least January 10, when results of the parliamentary elections set to start next week are finalized.
Demonstrators in Cairo's Tharir Square rejected Ganzouri's appointment. They claim he is part of the Mubarak regime.