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Egypt's Government Resigns

FILE - Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi gestures during a news conference in Abu Dhabi, Oct. 27, 2013.
FILE - Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi gestures during a news conference in Abu Dhabi, Oct. 27, 2013.
Edward Yeranian
— Egypt's interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi handed in his government's resignation Monday, amid increasing economic pressures, including a series of labor strikes. Beblawi had been expected to reorganize his Cabinet in the lead-up to presidential elections this spring, but the resignation took many observers by surprise.

Hazem el-Beblawi  announced the government resignation on Egypt's state TV, saying its existence had been a time fraught with difficulty, but that his ministers had borne the weight with duty and responsibility.

The prime minister stressed it is the “responsibility of all Egyptians to work for reform and the government, no matter how wise or competent, is incapable of creating change on its own.” “The people,” he said, “are the source of the government's authority, and everyone must work for the national interest and not for personal gain.”
 
Acting President Adly Mansour asked Beblawi to remain in a caretaker capacity and it was not immediately clear if a new government would be appointed before presidential elections, expected in April.  The Cairo stock exchange rose on the news.
 
A Cabinet reorganization had been expected, in order to allow Defense Minister Abdel Fattah el-Sissi to resign and run for president. 
 
Analyst Said Sadek, who teaches political sociology, points out the Cabinet's resignation gives Sissi the option to run or not to run, as he sees fit.
 
“If Sissi remains in the new Cabinet, this means that he is not going to run.  If he uses this opportunity to disappear from the new Cabinet, this means he is going to run as a presidential candidate....  This decision by the Cabinet would also mean it may reduce the heat and the speed of labor strikes taking place,” said Sadek.
 
A number of labor unions, including the public transport workers union, have gone on strike within the past few days, turning up the heat on the government.  It was not immediately clear if any of the unions have ties to the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group.

Meanwhile, ousted president Mohamed Morsi, who was in court again Monday on one of four charges, along with other top Muslim Brotherhood leaders, was flown by helicopter out of the police academy after the session was adjourned.

A new set of defense attorneys was appointed by the Cairo bar association after Morsi's previous set of lawyers stepped down.

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by: Richard from: Sierra Leone
February 25, 2014 2:05 PM
If the Cabinet has resigned, please Egyptians resolve the impasse by forming a government of national unity to free Africa from hostilities. II feel frustrated for our continent in turmoil.. Regards, Richard


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
February 25, 2014 10:18 AM
This was expected, but the saving grace is that the president is standing firm. If pressure continues, he too may yield to the muslim brotherhood agenda - after all almost all of Egypt elite is islamic in leaning. El Sissi should make sure that Egypt is not returned to the prehistoric era which the islamic government tends toward. And nobody should blame El Sissi if he remains in power until such a time that he sees the green light to return Egypt to electoral democracy. All eyes are on El Sissi now to continue the good works he has started helping the liberals and midwifing a tenable democracy in Egypt and Africa.

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