Mahlab gives first speech as prime minister
Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: The newly designated Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said his new role comes with a lot of responsibility, adding that the current phase is the start of a better future.

In his first televised speech as prime minister on Sunday, Ibrahim said he is aware of the challenges that face the new government, adding that he will face such challenges through reconciliation, transparency, clarity and by working to fulfill the goals of the January 25 Revolution and June 30.

“The government is calling on all people to contribute in building the homeland,” said Mahlab.

Mahlab also said he will work to build up security, support human rights, and combat “terrorism.”

Egypt is in a war against “terrorism” for the sake of the entire Arab region, said Mahlab, adding that the country will strive towards upholding tolerance as well.

Mahlab said the government will continue to work on development projects and will work towards creating a proper political and democratic climate. “The government has a big challenge ahead but it has trust in god’s will and the will of the people,” he said.

Mahlab also thanked former Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawy for his work and said “I learned a lot from him a lot.”

Originally Published in Youm7.

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