Egypt’s interim cabinet has offered its resignation to the country’s ruling military council as clashes raged for a third day in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, pitting police and soldiers against protesters demanding democratic change.
“The government of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has handed its resignation to the [ruling] Supreme Council of the Armed Forces,” Mohammed Hegazy, cabinet spokesperson, said in a statement aired on Monday night by the official MENA news agency.
“Owing to the difficult circumstances the country is going through, the government will continue working” until the resignation is accepted, Hegazy added.
The resignation comes as Egyptians clashed with security forces in what has been some of the worst since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, the former president, in February.
Egypt’s health ministry said at least 33 people have been killed and 1,500 wounded in clashes between government forces and protesters since Saturday, raising concerns over parliamentary elections due to begin later this month.
“You probably heard they had a midnight raid and the cops went down and cleaned out Zuccotti park… so if you’re keeping score, here it is: Protesters arrested, 70; Wall Street executives arrested: 0.
The mayor said the reason protesters were thrown out of Zuccotti was because the conditions were hazardous, dangerous, and unsanitary and I’m saying, if that’s a reason to throw people out of the park, we’d ALL have to leave New York City.”—David Letterman (via kateoplis)