Egypt's army-backed government resigns

Monday 24 February 2014 15.18
Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to run for president
Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to run for president

Egypt's military-backed government has resigned, state-run Al Ahram said in a report confirmed by an Egyptian official.

The step is likely to pave the way for army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president.

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazemel-Beblawi also confirmed that the government is to resign.
              
"Today the cabinet took a decision to offer its resignation to the president of the republic," Mr Beblawi said in a televised statement.

Al Ahram, citing an unnamed source in a report on its website, said the decision was made after a 15-minute cabinet meeting.

For Field Marshal Sisi to run for president, he would first need to leave his post of defence minister.

"This was done as a step that was needed ahead of Sisi's announcement that he will run for president," an Egyptian official said.

Field Marshal Sisi announced a political roadmap meant to lead to elections after toppling Islamist president Mohammed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood in July following mass protests against his rule.

Mr Mursi's removal triggered the bloodiest political crisis in Egypt's modern history, with security forces killing hundreds of his supporters and jailing thousands.

Hundreds of security personnel have also died in the turmoil.

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