Supporters and opponents welcome Egypt government resignation

Monday, February 24, 2014

"This is a positive step on the path towards achieving the transitional roadmap," the Salafist Nour Party said in a statement.

By Hussein Qabani

CAIRO - The resignation of Egypt's interim government on Monday has won plaudits from both supporters and opponents of the military-backed authorities.

Outgoing interim prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi on Monday tendered his government's collective resignation to interim President Adly Mansour.

"This is a positive step on the path towards achieving the transitional roadmap," the Salafist Nour Party said in a statement.

The party, which backed an army-imposed transitional roadmap following last summer's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, called for rallying efforts to "steer Egypt to safety."

Mohamed Anwar Sadat, head of the Reform and Development Party, said the government resignation had come in response "to the people's demands."

He called on Mansour to task a "crisis government" with solving Egypt's lingering political crisis and planning for upcoming presidential and parliamentary polls.

The Liberal Egyptians Party, which supports the military-backed authorities, called for the swift formation of a new government.

"We need to form a new government quickly to help reassure the public," party spokesman Shehab Wageh told Anadolu Agency.

But the April 6 youth movement (Democratic Front) described the government resignation as coming "too late."

"The government has failed in the security field by issuing an anti-protest law, which strips the people of their right to peaceful demonstration," the movement said in a statement.

"The government also failed to resolve the electricity and fuel crises," it added.

April 6 also called for prosecuting Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim for "what he has perpetrated against revolutionaries."

The pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, meanwhile, described the government resignation as "a reflection of the military coup's failure."

"This is a failed government that came on the heels of the ouster of a legitimate government as part of the coup against Morsi," Imam Youssef, a member of the Salafist Asala Party, a main component of the pro-Morsi alliance, told AA.

"Its departure is a good riddance," Youssef added. "This government came to improve the coup's image, but a handful of labor strikes has doomed it to failure."

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