17 November 2012

Egypt: Mursi to Decide on Transport Minister's Resignation - PM Kandil

Photo: Akwe

President Mohamed Mursi will decide on the resignation of Transport Minister Mohamed Rashad al-Matini, Prime Minister Hisham Kandil said on Saturday.

The guilty will be severely punished, Kandil stated. Al-Matini resigned from his post as transport minister out of his political responsibility for the Assiut bus-train crash.

Before resigning, the minister accepted the resignation of head of the railway authority Mostafa Qenawi. On Facebook, Kandil offered his condolences to the families of the accident's victims.

"My sincere condolences to the victims' families," he said.

A school bus slammed into a train on Saturday morning in Assiut as it was trying to cross tracks. The accident resulted in the death of 47 children and their bus driver. Thirteen others were injured.

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