Ahmed Nazif

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Dr. Ahmed Nazif

Dr. Ahmed Nazif (born 1952) has been the Prime Minister of Egypt since 14 July 2004. President Hosni Mubarak invited him to form the new government on 9 July 2004. Prime Minister Nazif was sworn in together with fourteen new cabinet ministers on 14 July 2004. He received immediate parliamentary backing through a formal vote of confidence. He is the youngest serving prime minister of Egypt since the founding of the Republic and the second youngest prime minister in the history of modern Egypt. His cabinet is known to be mainly composed of technocrats. It has also been rumoured that it is the richest cabinet in the history of the Republic.

He came to power replacing outgoing Prime Minister Atef Obeid who resigned at an emergency Cabinet Meeting prompting the collapse of the four-year-old 34-member Cabinet. Dr. Nazif served as the Minister for Communications and Information Technology in the Obeid Government.

Dr. Nazif has a reputation for being honest and modern, though that reputation will obviously be tested in office. Interestingly, his name in Arabic means clean, so Arabic speakers hear his name as "Mr. Clean."

During his tenure as Minister for Communications and Information Technology he was credited with establishing Egypt's free internet connectivity plan as well as improving public access to computers through low-price computers sold through the Egyptian Telecommunications Company (Telecom Egypt), which falls under the jurisdiction of the Ministry for Communications and Information Technology.

Dr. Nazif holds a PhD in Computer Engineering from McGill University, Canada

In September 2004, his first major move as prime minister was major tariff cuts, to comply with the WTO demands.[1] (http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=11213)

In January 2005 he controversially backed Gamal Mubarak's possible bid for the presidential race scheduled for September 2005.[2] (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/4182515.stm)

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