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Egypt's Beblawi government resigns
Ahram Online, Monday 24 Feb 2014
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Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi (Photo: Egypt's Cabinet Facebook page)

Egypt’s Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi announced on State TV Monday that his cabinet has submitted its resignation to interim President Adly Mansour.

Following a 15-minute meeting with the cabinet early on Monday, Beblawi said “reform cannot take place through the government alone,” adding that all Egyptians should strive to achieve the change they aspire to. 

Beblawi also mentioned that Egypt currently faces huge challenges as well as great opportunities to be grasped. “It is time we all sacrificed for the good of the country. Rather than asking what has Egypt given us, we should instead be asking what we have done for Egypt,” he added at the end of his short televised speech.

A prominent economist and politician, Beblawi was named prime minister last July following the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi and his prime minister Hisham Qandil’s government amid massive protests on 30 June 2013.

Beblawi’s government was subjected to criticism over the past few weeks by all colours of the political spectrum in Egypt.

He was criticised by many for taking too long to declare the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organisation in the wake of an upsurge in terrorist attacks on the police and army in the aftermath of the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi camps last August.

More recently, his cabinet came under fire by disgruntled workers after the exclusion of crucial groups of public sector workers from qualifying for a newly passed minimum wage law fuelled fury among workers, leading to strikes in a number of crucial sectors of the economy.

Public transport workers, textile workers, low-ranking policemen, postal workers and doctors are among a number of governmental sectors that went on strike in the past few days.

An official source told Ahram Online that Interim President Adly Mansour is expected to accept the cabinet's resignation and commission Ibrahim Mahleb, minister of housing in Beblawi’s government, to form the new cabinet. 

In his statement, Beblawi, a co-founder of the Egyptian Social Democratic Party,  said his government had accepted the responsibility at the time of its appointment because its ministers were among the few willing to face that challenge, and not because they were the most qualified.

El-Beblawi served as undersecretary-general at the UN between 1995 and 2000.

He was minister of finance in Essam Sharaf's cabinet from July to October 2011 during Egypt's post-revolution army-administered transitional phase.

He resigned in October 2011 to object to clashes in Cairo's Maspero district between military police and Coptic protesters in which 28 of the latter were killed.



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Mohammed Ali
25-02-2014 12:02pm
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Learn
Egyptian should learn from Ethoipian how to rule their country.
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Se
24-02-2014 07:00pm
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Ask not what your country could do for you ask what you could do for your country. The united state was able to enable the people so in return they where able to do for there country. How did Egypt enable its own people? You have to nurture the caw before you can get the milk.
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Shehab Yahia
24-02-2014 02:03pm
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Expected
It was expected any way, hopefully change cabinet would support to reform the government performance and to reveal the talismanic of the current invincibility predicament
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Ayman
24-02-2014 01:51pm
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Good
The government failed to live up to people's expectations so they had to leave and be replaced by a group that can do better. Also, congratulations to Mr. Ibrahim Mehleb, he was among the few in this government that were active. The MB should take note that the democratic way when incapable of doing your job is to leave not start bombing everything.
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George Masri
24-02-2014 03:58pm
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governments in Egypt on't rule, The deep state does.
That is the problem with Egypt.Egypt is a military dictatorship.
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Takis Chatzitheodorou
24-02-2014 01:22pm
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Egypt my country
I am Greek citizen born in Egypt 67 years ago. i consider Egypt as my homeland. Egypt has a long long history and culture. Egyptian people and Egypt deserves unlimited respect. Respect from all the countries modern and old ones. i wish God to help me the last period of my life to return to my beloved Egypt. i wish good luck and bright future to the Egyptians.
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SAWSAN MOSTAFA ALI
24-02-2014 01:09pm
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THANKS GOD
THIS SHOULD BE DONE A LONG TIME AGO. WE NEED DECISIVE GOVERNMENT -----------A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN ANNOUNCE CLEARLY THAT EKHWAN IS A TERRORIST GROUP AND TO CONTROL THE FLOW OF MONEY TO THEM . A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN STAND IN THE FACE OF TERRORISM . A GOVERNMENT THAT CAN FACE THE STRIKES, THE SIT-INS AND ALL KINDS OF CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE.(( FRANKLY SPEAKING, WE ARE GOING TO THROW A KOLA OR ZEER AFTER THEM)).
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