Arabic: أحمد نظيف
Born July 8, 1952
Former Prime Minister of Egypt
Ahmed Nazif served as Prime Minister of Egypt from July 14, 2004 until he was dismissed, along with most of President Hosni Mubarak’s cabinet, on January 29, 2011 in reaction to growing demonstrations and public unrest against the regime.
He was replaced by Ahmed Shafiq.
On April 11, 2011 Nazif was charged with corruption and wasting pubic funds and was imprisoned pending his trial.
Nazif acted as President of Egypt from March 5 to April 15, 2010 while Mubarak was in Germany for surgery, in accordance with Article 82 of the 1971 Constitution.
When appointed as Prime Minister, Nazif was pressured to undergo reforms for the government in 2004.
Previously, Nazif served as Minister of Communications and Information Technology. He promised to reduce unemployment, but nonetheless there were major labor strikes when he was in office. Some have argued Nazif’s vision in improving communications and information technology allowed a younger generation of business entrepreneurs to flow into the National Democratic Party (NDP) and positions of power.
Despite Nazif’s actions to develop and expand internet connectivity and increase public access to computers, his decision to privatize 17 public-sector businesses narrowed employment opportunities and advancement opportunities.