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Egypt: Military-backed interim government led by Hazem El-Beblawi resigned

Feb 25, 2014 11:11 IST

The interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi on 24 February 2014 announced resignation of his government after a Cabinet meeting that was also attended by Field Marshal Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. This resignation was accepted by Adly Mansour, the interim President. 

Military-backed interim government of Egypt’s decision of resignation came just eight months after seizing the power and paved a way ahead for the presidential bid for of the Army Chief General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. This resignation of the government came following a series of strikes that included strikes of public sector workers, which led to an acute shortage of cooking gas in the country.

It’s expected that the Fattah al-Sisi would announce his resignation from both the posts and run for presidential elections following demands of people. Earlier, the Government of Egypt in January 2014 approved a new constitution, which says that an election should take place by mid-April 2014.

Background
The military-backed government with El-Beblawi was sworn in on 16 July 2014 after ouster of the Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from his office. Due the crackdown by the security forces on the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement to which Morsi belong, more than thousand people have been killed with detention of several.

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