March 7th, 2011
03:15 PM ET

Egypt's prime minister delivers inclusive message

CNN Wire Staff

Cairo, Egypt (CNN) - Prime Minister Essam Sharaf called Monday on Egypt's youth, who have been credited for spearheading the movement that led to Hosni Mubarak's resignation as president, to contribute to the new government.

"The clean youth, the real members of the revolution, not those from outside, we ask them to contribute effectively, socially and economically to the political process," Sharaf said on national television.

In a signal that he plans to create a government representative of segments of society that were given scant power before, he vowed to increase the representation of women in parliament and asked those Egyptians who are living abroad to contribute to the new political process.

"The economy will be even stronger than what it was before," he said. "We are laying the foundation for those things to take place."

Sharaf reiterated the government's commitment to stand by its international agreements, which include the 1979 Camp David Accords with Israel.

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