New Egyptian Premier Seeks Legitimacy

by Matthew Shaffer

After the resignation of Mubarak’s appointed Prime Minister, Essam Sharaf was appointed in his place. Today, in a heartening display, he went to Tahrir square to seek the approval of the demonstrators: 


Carried on the shoulders of protesters who claimed him as their own, Egypt’s new prime minister waded into a crowd of tens of thousands in Tahrir Square on Friday, delivering a speech bereft of regal bombast that illustrated the reach of Egypt’s nascent revolution and the breadth of demonstrators’ demands that remain unanswered.

“I am here to draw my legitimacy from you,” Prime Minister Essam Sharaf told the raucous, flag-waving assembly. “You are the ones to whom legitimacy belongs.”


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