26 December 2012

Egypt: Official Resigns After Failing to Adapt

Communications Minister Hany Mahmoud resigned on Tuesday due to his inability to manage work demands in light of the challenges facing the country, his media advisor confirmed to Aswat Masriya.

The resigned minister posted on Twitter that he had made the decision over a month ago but carried on with his duties until the cabinet was ready to elect his replacement.

Mahmoud thanked Prime Minister Hisham Kandil for understanding, explaining that he was unable to adapt to the working culture of the government, especially in the state that Egypt is currently under.

The Middle East's largest country was dragged into political chaos when Islamist President Mohamed Mursi issued a constitutional decree expanding his power in November.

Tensions only rose when Mursi pushed forward a new constitution written by his Islamist allies who believe the charter will help pave the way for stability and economic recovery.

Opposition forces have widely criticized and protested the text accusing it of favoring Islamists and undermining human rights and social freedoms.

A referendum on the charter revealed that over 60 percent of Egyptians approve of the text, the judicial committee who monitored the vote announced on Tuesday.

Now that the constitution has passed, Egypt's upper house of parliament has assumed legislative power from Mursi who had held it following that dissolution of the People's Assembly.

The Shura Council, who convened today following the appointment of 90 new members, is expected to draft a new parliamentary elections law to pave the way for the election of a new house of representatives within the next two months.

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