Egypt PM submits resignation as President Sisi begins second term

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Cairo, June 6 : Egyptian Prime Minister Sherif Ismail has submitted his government’s resignation to President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday.

The resignation of PM and the cabinet was submitted three days after Sisi was sworn in at the parliament for a second four-year presidential term., after a landslide election victory.

“The President assigned the government to act as caretaker and continue performing its duties until a new government is formed,” presidential spokesman Bassam Rady said in a statement.

This move was in tandem with the political tradition that the government should resign at the start of the new presidential term.

Sissi and Ismail are known to enjoy a close working relationship, with the general-turned-president often publicly praising his prime minister.

Lawmaker Sayyid Abdel-Aal, head of leftist Tagammu Party, said that the president will name a prime minister and present it to the parliament or name a prime minister after consultation with the majority of the parliament.

Sisi said in a televised address that after next week’s Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, Egypt would see “a number of great achievements that will be inaugurated”. He did not say what they would be.

“I have great hope that in two years, you will see Egypt in a different place (God willing),” he said.

Since the election dozens of mostly secular or socialist critics of Sisi have been arrested and are being investigated on charges that include spreading fake news and belonging to illegal or terrorist organisations.

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