Egypt’s interim prime minister has announced the resignation of the country’s government, which paves the way for popular army chief and defense minister Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare his candidacy for president.
The announcement made by Hazem Beblawi, broadcast on live television, gave no reason for the decision, however some commentators have said it was on the cards.
Political expert Gehan Lofti said that “recently there has been mounting anger among Egyptians over the government’s performance. The resignation has come as no surprise because a large scale cabinet reshuffle had been expected.”
Beblawi was appointed in July after the military overthrow of President Mohammad Morsi following mass protests. Under the country’s new constitution elections must take place by mid-April.
Euronews’ correspondent in Cairo says the Egyptian government’s resignation has come at a sensitive time for the country. It has added further political confusion during a period of economic pressure and security fears.