Egypt Appoints New P.M.

Egypt’s military rulers appointed a new prime minister on Friday as protests for civilian rule continued into the seventh day. Kamal el-Ganzouri, 78, a prime minister under former president Hosni Mubarak, was asked to form a new cabinet to replace the one whose members resigned earlier this week. The state news agency reported that Ganzouri would have “full powers to help him fulfill his duties with complete efficiency,” but it was still unclear what that means in the context of the military rule. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Tahrir Square for what they called “last-chance Friday” in an attempt to stall Monday’s elections. The brutal crackdown on this week’s protests has left 41 dead and 3,000 injured.