Egypt's PM designates Tuesday a public holiday

Ahram Online , Monday 29 Jun 2015

Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab (Photo: AP)

Egypt's Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab designated Tuesday a public holiday for the second anniversary of 30 June, which marks the beginning of mass protests against former president Mohamed Morsi that instigated his ouster in 2013.

Egypt's largest wave of protests since the January 25 uprising in 2011 called on Morsi to step down and for early presidential elections. The Islamist president was removed from power on the following 3 July and now is facing the capital punishment and lengthy prison terms for multiple convictions.

President Morsi became Egypt's first democratically-elected president on 30 June 2012. However, his performance did not please many, including factions that supported him in the final round of the presidential elections against Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak's last prime minister who was widely perceived to be an extension to the ousted regime of Mubarak.

Incumbent Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi assumed power after registering a landslide victory in the elections that followed Morsi's ouster

Despite a public holiday being called for, the Egyptian presidency announced on Monday the cancellation of all forms of celebrations for the second anniversary of 30 June, following the assasination of Egypt's general prosecutor Hisham Barakat.

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