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    Interim Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, in his first address, says his government will be motivated by the principles of democracy, freedom and social justice. There are hopes the new government will be accepted and allow the country to move forward again.

    Interim Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf, in, his first address since he took the place of a predecessor appointed by ousted President Hosni Mubarak, says his government will be motivated by the principles of democracy, freedom and social justice.

    Essam Sharaf spoke to reporters a few hours after he and his cabinet were sworn in by the head of the Egyptian military, which took control of the country after a popular revolution ended the near 30-year rule of Mubarak.

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    Sharaf also reaffirmed that Egypt's economy, which has suffered during the uprising, would continue to be a free market economy, but said there would be an emphasis on social rights.

    [Essam Sharaf, Interim Egyptian Prime Minister]:
    "And we reaffirm that our economy is a free economy moving in the right direction, God willing, but within the context of social justice which gives to everyone the right to a dignified living."

    The new Prime Minister was popular with anti-government protesters that unseated Mubarak and said he hoped the people would back his government's efforts.

    [Essam Sharaf, Interim Egyptian Prime Minister]:
    "I say that if we derived our legitimacy and our zeal from the people, then we would also request that the people provide us with the power and ability to continue - and that is something that today would be unacceptable to delay."

    Sharaf, who said a full cabinet should be in place by Wednesday, warned that an accounting for past abuses by the regime should be done with caution so as not to destabilize the country.

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    Prime Minister Sharaf replaces Ahmed Shafiq, whom Mubarak appointed to the post in his last weeks in power.