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5 Egyptian ministers to resign over political crisis

English.news.cn   2013-07-01 21:15:47            

CAIRO, July 1 (Xinhua) -- Five Egyptian ministers decided Monday to tender their resignations over the clashes that erupted in Egypt between the pro- and anti-president protesters, state media said.

The ministers of tourism, environment, communication and legal and parliamentary affairs headed to the cabinet to meet with Prime Minister Hesham Qandil and tender their resignations, according to state-run Ahram news website.

In addition, official news agency MENA said that five ministers, including the above four and another in charge of drinking water and sanitation, discussed announcing their resignation in a joint statement with clarification of the reasons behind it, noting the ministers would join the anti-government protests.

Meanwhile, five members of the Shura Council (the upper house of the parliament) have tendered their resignations to express rejection to the clashes that recently erupted between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi during the nationwide protests.

The Shura Council members denounce Morsi's speech on Wednesday ahead of the protests, arguing it failed to present any solution to the crisis in Egypt.

On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians flooded the major squares in the country on the first anniversary of the Islamist- oriented president to press him to step down and hold an early presidential election.

Overnight clashes between the president's opponents and supporters killed at least 16 and injured nearly 800 nationwide.

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