Egyptian PM says restoring security priority

09:36, February 14, 2011      

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Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq said at a news conference on Sunday that his caretaker government' s priority is to restore security as the 30-year rule of Hosni Mubarak ended.

"Our main concern now in the cabinet is security, to bring security back to the Egyptian citizens," Shafiq said.

The caretaker cabinet on Sunday held its first meeting since Mubarak steps down on Friday, which focused on efforts to resume normal life, and to restore security and stability in Egypt.

The cabinet also discussed ways to supply the markets with foodstuffs and basic commodities and help state institutions get back to work.

Meanwhile, Shafiq said in the press conference that Egypt's economic situation was stable.

"Our internal economic situation is solid and cohesive," he said, adding "we have enough reserves in the coming period and our situation is comforting, very comforting."

The prime minister vowed to lower prices of consumer goods and fight against corruption.

The Supreme Council of Egypt's armed forces issued a statement on Saturday stating that the current government will temporarily run the country's affairs until a new government is formed. It also promised a peaceful transition from military regime to a civilian elected government.

Source: Xinhua

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