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Egypt's Sisi officially tenders resignation as defense chief

English.news.cn   2014-03-27 18:39:48            
 • Egyptian ex-military chief and defense minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi tendered his resignation Thursday.
 • Sisi tendered the resignation to newly- appointed interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab.
 • On Wednesday, Sisi announced his decision to resign and run in upcoming presidential elections.

 

CAIRO, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian ex-military chief and defense minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi officially tendered his resignation Thursday, official MENA news agency reported.

Sisi, in civilian attire, tendered the resignation to newly- appointed interim Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab during Thursday's cabinet meeting.

On Wednesday, Sisi announced his decision to resign and run in the country's upcoming presidential elections.

The former military chief was appointed defense minister in August 2012 by ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, whose removal came at the hands of Sisi in early July 2013 in response to mass protests.

Morsi's loyalists, currently facing a massive security crackdown, look at Sisi as "a traitor" while Sisi's supporters regard him as "a national hero."

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