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Egypt's new prime minister addresses protesters at Tahrir Square

By the CNN Wire Staff
New Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf addressed thousands of demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday.
New Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf addressed thousands of demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday.
  • Essam Sharaf once served as Egypt's transportation minister
  • He was a critic of Hosni Mubarak
  • He gained popularity after he appeared last month with protesters
  • Tahrir Square
  • Egypt

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- Egypt's new prime minister, Essam Sharaf, appeared before thousands of protesters at Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday, telling them he was "of the people" and would resign if he failed in meeting their demands.

Sharaf, Egypt's former transportation minister, was sworn in Friday after the resignation of Ahmed Shafik, the last prime minister tapped by Hosni Mubarak.

A vocal critic of Mubarak, Sharaf earned street credibility after he appeared among the protesters in early February, demanding change.

He was well-received Friday though some saw his appointment as prime minister as a preemptive move by Egypt's military government to appease protesters who have vowed to air their voices until their demands are met.

What next for Egypt?

They have been calling for the dismantling of the state security apparatus, the release of political prisoners and prosecution of members of the former regime.

Mubarak relinquished power on February 11, following 18 days of uprising.

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