Ten Egyptian ministers submit resignation after mass protests

The ministers handed their resignation letters at the same time to Prime Minister Hesham Qandil. (File photo: AFP)

Ten Egyptian ministers have submitted their resignation after huge protests against Islamist President Mohammed Mursi, Al Arabiya correspondent reported Monday.

Earlier, Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has rejected the resignation request of five ministers, a senior government official told AFP.

Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs Khaled Abdel-Aal, Communication and Information Technology Minister Atef Helmi, Minister of State for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hatem Bagato, and Water Minister Abdel Qawy Khalifa handed their resignation letters at the same time to Qandil, the official said.

Zazou had already attempted resignation last month after Mursi appointed the controversial Adel al-Khayat as governor of Luxor.

Khayat was a member of an Islamist party linked to an incident where 58 tourists were killed in 1997, in the same city.
However, Zazou returned to work last week after Khayat’s resignation.

Eight MPs submit resignations

In addition to the minsters submitting their resignations, eight parliamentarians have also requested to quit, Al Ahram website reported Monday.

The government not responding to people’s demands to make early presidential elections is the reason for the parliamentarian Suzy Adly to submit her resignation.

Adly said that she wants to quit to “protest against bloodshed in Egypt and the government not responding to millions of Egyptians expressing their anger.”

On Sunday, at least five people have been killed and more than 200 wounded in Egypt as millions took to the streets in pro and anti- Mursi rallies.

(With AFP)

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