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Egypt's Prime Minister Shafiq resigns

March 3, 2011 at 9:12 AM
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CAIRO, March 3 (UPI) -- Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it accepted Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq's resignation and tasked a former minister to form a new cabinet.

The ruling council's decision to accept Shafiq's resignation came a day before another planned million-man protest demanding Shafiq's resignation, al-Masry al-Youm reported.

Former Transportation Minister Essam Sharaf will lead efforts to form a new cabinet, the military council posted on its Facebook page. Sharaf was transportation minister in 2004 under President Hosni Mubarak's government, but resigned after a train crash.

Media reports indicate Sharaf participated in the anti-regime protests that led to Mubarak's resignation Feb. 11, al-Masry al-Youm said. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces took over the country's administration after Mubarak resigned.

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