Egypt president accepts government's resignation

The resignation of Egypt's interim government on Monday has won plaudits from both supporters and opponents of the military-backed authorities.

Egypt president accepts government's resignation

World Bulletin / News Desk

Interim President Adly Mansour on Monday accepted the resignation of the Egyptian government, the Presidency said.

In a statement, the Presidency thanked Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi and his government members for their efforts during what it described as a "very critical stage".

In a televised speech on Monday, al-Beblawi said that he had tendered his government resignation.

Al-Beblawi was named interim prime minister on July 9, only six days after the army ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi and installed Mansour as interim president.

Supporters, opponents welcome Egypt govt resignation

The resignation of Egypt's interim government on Monday has won plaudits from both supporters and opponents of the military-backed authorities.

"This is a positive step on the path towards achieving the transitional roadmap," the Salafist Nour Party said in a statement.

The party, which backed an army-imposed transitional roadmap following last summer's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, called for rallying efforts to "steer Egypt to safety."

Mohamed Anwar Sadat, head of the Reform and Development Party, said the government resignation had come in response "to the people's demands."

He called on Mansour to task a "crisis government" with solving Egypt's lingering political crisis and planning for upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls.

The Liberal Egyptians Party, which supports the military-backed authorities, called for the swift formation of a new government.

"We need to form a new government quickly to help reassure the public," party spokesman Shehab Wageh told Anadolu Agency.

Failed government

The April 6 youth movement (Democratic Front) described the government resignation as coming "too late."

"The government has failed in the security field by issuing an anti-protest law, which strips the people of their right to peaceful demonstration," the movement said in a statement.

"The government also failed to resolve the electricity and fuel crises," it added.

April 6 also called for prosecuting Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim for "what he has perpetrated against revolutionaries."

The anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, meanwhile, described the government resignation as "a reflection of the military coup's failure."

"This is a failed government that came on the heels of the ouster of a legitimate government as part of the coup against Morsi," Imam Youssef, a member of the Salafist Asala Party, a main component of the pro-Morsi alliance, told AA.

"Its departure is a good riddance," Youssef added. "This government came to improve the coup's image, but a handful of labor strikes has doomed it to failure."

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