Egyptian foreign minister quits

July 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM
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CAIRO, July 16 (UPI) -- Egypt's foreign minister has resigned, just before a wide-ranging reshuffle of the Cabinet, officials said.

Foreign Minister Mohammed El-Orabi's resignation was accepted by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf late Saturday, Iran's Press TV reported. The resignation came one day before the anticipated reshuffle.

Sharaf announced the reorganization after protesters took to the streets of Cairo again to press for a faster government reform and a hasty trial for former President Hosni Mubarak.

Sharaf appointed Ali al-Silmi of the Wafd Party and Hazem El Beblawi, an economist, to be his deputies as part of the reshuffle.

Mohamed Hegazy, Sharaf's foreign policy adviser and spokesman said Beblawi was pick "to supervise the economic file and the economic group within the Cabinet," and al-Silmi "for political development and democratic transformation," Hegazy added.

Topics: Essam Sharaf
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