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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Egyptian Cabinet Sort of Resigns, Except Probably Not

In the wake of the anger over Sunday's deaths, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf's Cabinet has "placed the question of its resignation before the Military Council." That seems a rather halfhearted (or half something) way of resigning-but-not-resigning. The Cabinet's obvious inability to Make real decisions wityhout the prior approval of the Military Council has led many to demand its resignation in the wake of the Army's violence against the demonstrators on Sunday.

Meanwhile and separately, Deputy Prime Minster and Minister and Minister of Finance Hqzem el Beblawi hasa resigned to protest the treatment of the4 demonstrators. On the other hand, that resignation has reportedly not been accepted yet, so it may also prove to b rather symbolic. [UPDATE: Apparently his resignation was rejected and he'll continue in the job.] (Link in Arabic.)

Issandr has a roundup called "Notes from a Shell-Shocked Egypt." I'd already linked to some of his links, but it's worth a read.


Anonymous said...

Is this the same Hazem Biblawi of "The Rentier State" fame?

Michael Collins Dunn said...

Yes, indeed it is.