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By Nehal el-Sherif and Pol O Gradaigh

CAIRO — New Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi has asked outgoing premier Ibrahim Mehleb to form a new government, local media reported Monday.

Mehleb confirmed his reappointment to reporters at the cabinet headquarters, saying he had not yet started consultations on ministerial appointments, independent newspaper al-Masry al-Youm reported.

The current government will remain in place for the moment in a caretaker capacity, the premier said, noting that al-Sissi’s Sunday night inauguration speech provided it with a “clear program” for the immediate future.

Mehleb had earlier submitted his government’s resignation to the new president, who swore the oath of office before the Supreme Constitutional Court on Sunday morning.

The new government will have to be approved by the parliament at its first session after legislative elections, which, according to the constitution, should begin by mid-July.

If the Council of Deputies rejects the government line-up and program, the president is to accept the nomination of a prime minister by the party or coalition holding a majority in the assembly.

Former army chief al-Sissi won last month’s presidential election with nearly 97 percent of the vote, on a turn-out of 47 percent.

Al-Sissi led the military in ousting Islamist president Mohammed Morsi last year in the wake of massive protests of the Muslim Brotherhood leader’s one-year rule.

The Brotherhood, now banned as a terrorist organization, continues to insist that the new authorities are illegitimate.

AFP Photo/Mosaab el-Shamy

Trump adviser Jason Miller

Screenshot from Lincoln Project "Deadbeat"/YouTiube

Nobody knows how to take down a Republican hack like another Republican (or former Republican) hack. Which is why we clicked instantly when this Lincoln Project video about Jason Miller popped up on the screen. What, you've never heard of Jason Miller, the Trump campaign spokesman? Most days you can find Miller on TV, spouting vicious nonsense about his betters, like Col. Alexander Vindman or Sen. Kamala Harris.

Of course the Lincoln Project team knows their old colleague Miller well – and what they find amazing is that anyone would employ him, invite him as a guest, or listen to him for more than ten seconds. It's even more amazing that he still opens his loud mouth to criticize anyone else after what he has done and confessed.

But you can decide what to make of Jason Miller after watching "Deadbeat." Warning: It's R-rated and extremely funny.