PM Essam Sharaf on his way to meet Field Marshal Tantawi, cabinet resignation likely

Ahram Online, Saturday 10 Sep 2011

After last night's break-in at the Israeli Embassy in Giza, and the fierce clashes that ensued, Prime Minister Sharaf is on his way to report to the head of the ruling military council with resignation rumours in the air

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf
Prime Minister Essam Sharaf (file photo)

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf along with a number of crisis-group minsters are on their way to the headquarters of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to meet with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi to discuss the events of yesterdays protests in Tahrir Square and Giza.

The news comes amid growing speculation and reports in the media that Sharaf and his cabinet will resign, or will be forced to resign by SCAF.

On Friday night, some protesters managed to break into one of the floors of the building housing the Israeli Embassy in Cairo, seizing hundreds of documents and throwing many from the window of the 15-storey building. Earlier protesters managed to partially destroy a concrete wall erected last week to sheild the embassy from protesters.

Protesters also brought down, for the second time, the Israeli flag on the building, replacing it with the Egyptian flag.

Fierce clashes with the police, which resulted in nearly a thousand injured and two dead, was followed by the torching of the Giza police station close to the embassy. 

Meanwhile, Israel recalled its ambassador and embassy staff, who departed Egypt in the middle of the night on a military flight.

Essam Sharaf assumed his post as Egypt's first post-revolution prime minister 3 March. Initially, he received a warm welcome from revolutionaries, but the many failures of his six-month government in leading the transition to democracy, and standing up to the ruling military council, brought him and his government under increasing criticism, including calls for the cabinet's resignation.

Early Saturday morning, Sharaf  summoned his cabinet's crisis team for an emergency meeting. Meanwhile, the Interior Ministry has put the police on high alert, cancelling all police holidays, Egyptian TV channel Nile News said Saturday.


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