Resignation of the Egyptian Cabinet

FILE - This file photo released by the Egyptian Presidency on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 shows interim President Adly Mansour (right) shaking hands with Prime Minister Hazem el-Biblawi during a swearing-in ceremony for new cabinet ministers at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation’s military chief to leave his defense minister’s post to run for president. El-Beblawi has often been derided in the media for his perceived indecisiveness and inability to introduce effective remedies to the country’s economic woes. (AP File Photo/Egyptian Presidency)
FILE - This file photo released by the Egyptian Presidency on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 shows interim President Adly Mansour (right) shaking hands with Prime Minister Hazem el-Biblawi during a swearing-in ceremony for new cabinet ministers at the presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation’s military chief to leave his defense minister’s post to run for president. El-Beblawi has often been derided in the media for his perceived indecisiveness and inability to introduce effective remedies to the country’s economic woes. (AP File Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

CAIRO (AP) – Egypt’s interim prime minister says his Cabinet has resigned.

Hazem el-Beblawi’s military-backed government was sworn in on July 16, less than two weeks after the army ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after a year in office.

The government’s surprise resignation, announced by el-Beblawi in a live Monday TV broadcast, comes amid a host of strikes, including one by public transport workers and garbage collectors. An acute shortage of cooking gas has also been making front page news the past few days.

It was not immediately clear who will replace el-Beblawi, who has often been derided in the media for his perceived indecisiveness and inability to introduce effective remedies to the country’s economic woes.

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