January 29, 2011 / 4:31 PM / in 8 years

FACTBOX-Ahmed Shafiq appointed Egypt's prime minister

CAIRO, (Jan 29) Reuters - Egypt’s president picked former air force commander and aviation minister Ahmed Shafiq as the next prime minister on Saturday.

Here are some facts about Shafiq.

* Ahmed Shafiq, a close associate of President Hosni Mubarak, had been minister of civil aviation since 2002.

* A former fighter pilot, Shafiq served as commander of the Egyptian air force between 1996 to 2002, a post Mubarak himself held before he became vice president of Egypt under former President Anwar Sadat.

* As minister of civil aviation, Shafiq has won a reputation for efficiency and administrative competence. He has supervised a successful modernisation programme at the state airline EgyptAir and improvements to the country’s airports.

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