Breaking: The New Government

by Patrick Appel

From al-Jazeera's live-blog:

Former aviation minister Ahmad Shafiq is appointed the new prime minister of Egypt and will be responsible for forming new government. 


Head of Egyptian intelligence, Omar Suleiman, is sworn in as vice president. With his military credentials, the powerbroker is known to have significant connections and credibility inside and outside the country.

Ross Chainey asks:

Is the appointment of Omar Suleiman designed to ease a handing over of power? This is a popular theory on Twitter, anyway.
Mackey provides important context:
The country has not had a vice president since Hosni Mubarak was elevated to the presidency from that position following the assassination of Anwar Sadat on Oct. 6 1981.

(Photo: Lebanese demonstrators hold up signs near a portrait of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser (L) during a protest in Beirut supporting the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, on January 29, 2011 as thousands of anti-regime demonstrators continue to pour onto Cairo's streets, demanding President Hosni Mubarak stand down. By Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)