Cairo: Egyptian state television says the nation's ruling military has asked a Mubarak-era prime minister to head the next government.
Kamal el-Ganzouri, 78, served as prime minister in the 1990s under President Hosni Mubarak, toppled in a popular uprising in February. The Friday television announcement followed a meeting between el-Ganzouri and military ruler Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi the night before.
El-Ganzouri will replace Essam Sharaf, who resigned this week amid deadly clashes between police and protesters calling for the military to immediately step down.
El-Ganzouri's appointment was likely to anger the protesters, already seething over the military's perceived reluctance to dismantle the legacy of Mubarak's 29-year rule.