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Egypt govt quits to allow President Sisi to choose new team

Published on Jun 9, 2014 6:28 PM
 
President-elect Abdel Fattah al-Sisi talks during his ceremony to be sworn in as president of Egypt, at the presidential palace in Cairo, on June 8, 2014 in this picture provided by the Egyptian Presidency. Egypt's interim prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab said his cabinet had resigned on Monday, June 09, 2014, allowing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to choose a new team on his first day in office. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's interim prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab said his cabinet had resigned on Monday, allowing President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to choose a new team on his first day in office.

Ex-army chief Sisi was sworn in on Sunday, nearly a year after he ousted elected president Mohamed Mursi after millions protested against the Islamist's divisive one year rule.

The government installed by Sisi, who has been the de facto leader since he toppled Mursi, resigned to allow the new president to "choose an appropriate one to serve the nation," Mr Mahlab said in a statement.

"I assure you that along with the ministers... I exerted all efforts to accomplish the duties we were tasked with in very difficult circumstances," Mr Mahlab said.

 
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