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EGYPT: Mubarak sends instructions to new prime minister, skirts political reform

January 30, 2011 |  2:56 pm

President Hosni Mubarak told his prime minister on Sunday that Egypt's new government would preserve subsidies, control inflation and provide jobs, Egyptian state television reported.

Mubarak's letter to his new prime minister skirted discussion of political reform.

“I require you to bring back confidence in our economy,” Mubarak wrote, according to state television. “I trust your ability to implement economic policies that accord the highest concern to people's suffering.”


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