Egypt’s sports minister quits after anti-Mursi protests

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Egypt’s Sports Minister el-Amry Farouk has resigned on Tuesday, a source close to the minister told Ahram’s Arabic-language sports website.

“The minister returned home after finishing his work at 3 p.m. and then sent one of his representatives to the ministry to hand in his resignation,” said the source, who wished to remain anonymous.

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.

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