Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigns

first_img Share News Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq resigns by: – March 3, 2011 Sharing is caring! Egypt’s Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq has resigned, the country’s ruling military council has announced in a statement.A former transport minister, Essam Sharaf, has been asked to form a new government, the statement adds.Mr Shafiq was appointed days before President Hosni Mubarak was forced out of office following days of anti-government protests.Protesters saw Mr Shafiq as too closely associated to Mr Mubarak’s rule, observers say.“The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces decided to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq and appointed Essam Sharaf to form the new government,” the army said in a statement on its Facebook page.Mr Shafiq was appointed by Mr Mubarak just days before he stepped down on 11 February after several weeks of popular protests against his rule.It had been one of the protesters’ key demands that Mr Shafiq and other top ministers appointed at the end of the Mubarak rule step down. Mr Sharaf’s appointment is significant as he spoke out in support of the revolution and took part in the street protests, says the BBC’s Alastair Leithead in Cairo.It is a major step towards appeasing the demonstrators who have continued to camp out in Tarihr Square, as Mr Sharaf was a vocal opponent of the Mubarak government since his resignation as a minister five years ago, our correspondent adds.Travel banThe military council, which has been running the country since Mr Mubarak stepped down, has previously ordered the government to run the country’s affairs for six months “or until the end of parliamentary and presidential elections” and is also examining constitutional reforms.On Monday, Egypt issued a travel ban on ousted President Mubarak and his family.Mr Mubarak is believed to be living in his villa in Sharm el-Sheikh, but in poor health, and has not been seen or heard of publicly since stepping down. BBC News Tweet Share 11 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

Green flag flies Friday at Davenport Speedway

first_imgIMCA Modifieds, IMCA Sunoco Late Models and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods will be featured at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, state at track points will be awarded. Pits open at 3 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. with racing to follow. Pit passes are $30. The event will be broadcast by Done Right TV.  No spectators will be allowed in the grandstand and a maximum of 10 people will be allowed with each car in the pit area. Social distancing will be in effect and track officials recommend that masks be worn when drivers and/or crew are away from their area in the pits.  DAVENPORT, Iowa – The first green flag of the season flies this Friday at Davenport Speedway, with three IMCA divisions on the May 15 card. Questions can be directed to promoter Ricky Kay at 563 349-5044.last_img read more