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Egyptian PM Hazem el-Beblawi says government to resign

Published on Feb 24, 2014 6:55 PM
Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said on Monday, Feb 24, 2014, the government is to resign. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (REUTERS) - Egypt's government has resigned, the prime minister said on Monday, a step likely to pave the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president of a strategic US ally gripped by political strife.

"(The government) made every effort to get Egypt out of the narrow tunnel in terms of security, economic pressures and political confusion," Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said in a live nationwide speech.

Mr Beblawi, who was tasked by interim President Adly Mansour with running the government's affairs until the election, did not give a clear reason for the decision.

For General Sisi to run for president, he would first need to quit as defence minister. "This (government resignation) was done as a step that was needed ahead of Sisi's announcement that he will run for president," an Egyptian official told Reuters.

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