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article imageEgypt's interim government resigns, Sisi to seek presidency

By Layne Weiss     Feb 24, 2014 in World
Cairo - Egypt's military-backed interim government resigned Monday paving the way for armed forces chief Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his bid for the presidency.
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour tasked outgoing PM Hazem el-Beblawi with running the government until the election, Reuters reports.
PM Beblawi was appointed in July following the ousting of then-President Mohammed Morsi.
"[The outgoing government] made every effort to get Egypt out of the narrow tunnel in terms of security, economic pressures and political confusion," Beblawi said in a live nationwide speech.
He did not give a clear reason for the government's decision to resign, but an unnamed source (via Al-Ahram) said the decision was made after a 15-minute cabinet meeting, Al Arabiya News reports.
In light of this turn of events, the door is now open for army chief Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to run for president since he has to leave his post as defense minister.
"This (government resignation) was done as a step that was needed ahead of Sisi's announcement that he will run for president," an Egyptian official said according to Reuters.
Sisi has the support of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces to seek the presidency.
"This government feels that it did what it had to do in this critical period, and maybe it's time for a change," Hany Salah, a government spokesman, said.
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