Egyptian government ‘resigns’ (UPDATE)

Arab World Materials 24 February 2014 14:43
Egypt's army-backed government has resigned

Details were added (first version was published at 14:29)

Egypt's army-backed government has resigned, state-run Al Ahram said on its website on Monday.

Citing an unnamed source, the newspaper said the decision was made after a 15-minute meeting of the cabinet, Al Arabiya reported.

Army chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who is expected to run for president, was part of the cabinet, serving as defense minister.

In an interview with Al Arabiya News in January, interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi was asked whether Egypt was returning to military rule following the army-backed ouster of Islamist President Mohammad Mursi last year.

"This is something people have in their minds, in their imagination. I've been in the cabinet for about six months, I haven't felt any time that I am run by the military people," he said.

"I told you my conviction and I promised prior to my assuming a public office, that I think Egypt after January 2011 is immune to military dictatorship and military rule. On the contrary, people are much more in command than ever before."