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Cabinet hands resignation to presidency

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This is not the time for categorical demands or personal interests, this is the time for us to support each other, Prime Minister El-Beblawi said

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows Egypt's Premier Hazem al-Beblawi addressing the media in Cairo on February 24, 2014 as his government submitted its resignation to interim president Adly Mansour in a move just weeks before a presidential poll.  AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN TV  == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN TV" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS ===

An image grab taken from Egyptian state TV shows Egypt’s Premier Hazem al-Beblawi addressing the media in Cairo on February 24, 2014 as his government submitted its resignation to interim president Adly Mansour in a move just weeks before a presidential poll.
(AFP PHOTO / EGYPTIAN TV)

The Egyptian Cabinet handed in its resignation to Interim President Adly Mansour in an abrupt decision on Monday afternoon.

Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi made the announcement in a speech delivered to the nation, describing the members of the cabinet as highly competent and loyal.

“They have exerted an effort to see Egypt out of the narrow tunnel,” he said, adding that challenges remain, including security issues, economic pressures, and political perplexity.

“Thanks to God, security has been restored and, to a great extent, there is rule of law,” El-Beblawi said.

In a statement issued after the speech, the cabinet attributed the resignation to “current circumstances the country is experiencing” and “responsiveness to the requirements of the current stage”.

El-Beblawi said if people think that reform is going to take place through the government without the people’s support, then they are mistaken.

“The government works under the supervision of the people,” he said. This is the time for people to support each other, not the time for personal interests or categorical demands.

El-Beblawi, 78, was appointed as prime minister by Interim President Adly Mansour on 9 July, just days after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.


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