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Brotherhood said gov't resignation no cause for amnesty

CAIRO, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The Muslim Brotherhood said Tuesday the resignation of the Egyptian government doesn't absolve Cabinet officials of crimes against the people.

Hazen el-Beblawi resigned as prime minister Monday along with his military-backed Cabinet.

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"Resignation of those who oversaw the impoverishment and the killing of Egyptians and sold the homeland to foreign powers will not absolve them of responsibility," the Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement.

The Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi became the first democratically elected president in Egyptian history in 2011, though he was removed from office in 2012 by the military amid public frustration with his Islamic ideologies.

The organization said the ouster was a military coup and those in power were responsible for crimes against the Egyptian people.

The European Union issued a mid-February assessment of Egypt, saying it was concerned about the lack of political space in Egypt since a popular uprising unseated former President Hosni Mubarak, a one-time military leader, in 2011.

Ibrahim Mehleb, the former housing minister and member of Mubarak's National Democratic Party, was asked Tuesday by interim President Adly Mansour to form a new government, Egyptian news agency Ahram Online reported.

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