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Egypt Prime Minister Resigns, Meeting Key Protester Demand

Thursday, 03 Mar 2011 06:44 AM

Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafik resigned, caving in to protesters who are insisting that all Cabinet members named by former President Hosni Mubarak leave office.

The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it accepted the resignation and asked former minister of transportation Essam Sharaf to form a new Cabinet, the council said on its Facebook page.

Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei called the move “a step on the right path” in a message on his Twitter account. “My sincerest appreciation to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for meeting the demands of the people,” he said in the tweet.

An alliance of protesters has called on Egyptians to take to the streets tomorrow to bring down Shafik’s government. Mubarak was forced from office last month after 18 days of mass demonstrations, ending 30 years of rule. He ceded authority to the army council, which suspended the constitution and dissolved parliament, saying it would rule for six months or until elections are held.

Mubarak named Shafik, a former air force general, as prime minister on Jan. 31.

Following more demonstrations, a new Cabinet was sworn in on Feb. 22 that for the first time in decades included members of opposition parties. That Cabinet had a new deputy prime minister and 10 new ministers.


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