‘No time to waste’ : Mahlab
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7 (Archive)
By HEND MOKHTAR

CAIRO: Egyptians’ demands will fulfilled through a “clear scheme for work,” said interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab in his first interview on state-owned television Saturday, in which he said his government had “no time to waste.”

Mahlab said his government the next step of implementing the roadmap would securing the upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections “which should be performed in greater transparency,” and have more cooperation between ministries of justice and foreign affairs.

In late January interim president Adly Mansour announced that presidential elections would precede parliamentary ones, but not dates have been set for either.

Mahlab told the channel that he had requested Atef Helmy, the Minister of Communication, to establish a call center to receive complaints and demands from citizens.

The Ministry of Interior will work according to a new security plan to confront terrorist acts and riots that aggravated recently in different governorates, Mahlab stated, adding that the traffic law will be implemented strictly in streets and it would eliminate the phenomena of peddlers.

Mahlab said domestic public debt had reached one trillion and 600 billion EGP, adding that he discussed “the state’s portfolio” initiative with the governor of the Central Bank, referring that the country needs to increase its production.

The prime minister said that he will visit hospitals and health insurance centers to monitor health services provided to citizens.

Former prime minister Hazem al-Beblawy announced in late February the resignation of his government, and president Mansour appointed Mahlab, the former housing minister, as interim prime minister. Most new ministers were sworn into office last week.

Originally published in Youm7.

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