Deputy Prime Minister Ziad Bahaa El-Din submitted a letter of resignation to Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi, Monday afternoon.
Bahaa El-Din, who also served as Minister of International Cooperation, said in a letter to El-Beblawi, “I see my role during the next stage being more consistent and effective from political, partisan and legal ranks.”
Bahaa El-Din called on El-Beblawi to accept his resignation from both ministerial positions but El-Beblawi’s cabinet has not yet announced whether it will accept or decline Bahaa El-Din’s resignation.
Bahaa El-Din timed his resignation after El-Beblawi’s return from the Davos World Economic Forum, the third anniversary of the 2011 Revolution and having defined the features of the roadmap.
This resignation comes one day after Interim President Adly Mansour’s announcement on Sunday that presidential elections would take place before a House of Representatives is elected.
It also comes amid strong indications that Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is close to announcing a presidential bid.