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Egyptian Legal Affairs Minister Submits Resignation

December 27, 2012

Egyptian Legal Affairs Minister Mohamed Mahsoub submitted his resignation, a day after President Mohamed Mursi said changes could be made to the Cabinet.

Mahsoub’s decision, announced by Cabinet spokesman Alaa El- Hadidi in Cairo today, comes days after the telecommunications minister also resigned, saying he was ill-suited to political life after his career in the private sector.

Mursi said in a televised speech yesterday after the ratification of a divisive constitution that he’d asked Prime Minister Hisham Qandil to make “necessary” changes to the government.

The president, who has been criticized by the largely secular opposition over the Islamist-leaning constitution, said the country needs stability and to focus on reviving its economy.

El-Hadidi told reporters no decision had yet been made whether to accept Mahsoub’s resignation. He said discussions on the Cabinet changes are still under way and it’s unclear how many ministers may be replaced, with that decision hinging in part on the wishes of individuals.

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