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Monday, February 24, 2014

Egyptian Cabinet Resigns.

Egyptian Interim Minister Hazem El-Beblawi  has announced the resignation of his government. The timing seems to have surprised people, since a new government would have been formed anyway after the April Presidential elections. So why now?  This Reuters piece suggests a possible answer:since Field Marshal al-Sisi will have to resign the Defense Ministry and the Army in order to run for President anyway, he may have wanted to avoid being seen as acting unilaterally; instead the entire Cabinet resigns.

I'm not sure  I completely see the logic in that,  but I assume this does indeed relate to the Presidential timetable.

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