Military Counter-Coup In Egypt? Prime Minister Hands In Resignation Of Government
And in tried and true fashion, the counterrumor arrives:
Egypt cabinet spokesman denies report that PM handed in resignation of whole government
- A spokesman for Egypt's interim government on Tuesday denied a report that the entire cabinet had resigned.
Al Jazeera television had carried a headline stating that the Prime Minister Essam Sharaf had handed in the resignation of the whole government.
But a cabinet spokesman, Mohamed Hegazy, denied the report and said the government was continuing to work.
An army source also denied the TV report which had followed the resignation, announced in Egyptian state media, of Finance Minister Hazem el-Beblawi.
That revolution sure was fun while it lasted.
- EGYPT PRIME MINISTER HANDS IN RESIGNATION OF GOVT - JAZEERA TV
This follows the announced resignation of the finance minister earlier today:
Egypt's Finance Minister Hazem el-Beblawi has quit after less than three months in the post over the government's handling of a protest by Coptic Christians on Sunday night, an aide to Beblawi said on Tuesday.
The protest ended with clashes between the army and demonstrators that killed 25 people, making it the deadliest outbreak of violence since the ousting of Mubarak in February, and sparked anger among Copts and rights activists.
Beblawi was appointed in July by the ruling military council which took power after the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. His resignation was confirmed by state news agency MENA.
Beblawi resigned "in protest at the government's handling of the events at Maspero", the aide said, referring to the area of Cairo where the clashes took place.
More as we get it.