Egypt’s Civilian Government Submits Resignation

Following three days of increasingly violent demonstrations in Cairo’s Tahrir square, Egypt’s interim cabinet offered its resignation to the ruling military council. There are conflicting reports on whether the military council accepted the resignation. “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. The Egyptian military enjoyed widespread popularity after the February 11 ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, but clashes between security forces and protesters on Sunday marked a noticeable downturn in relations between protesters and the military. The Egyptian Health Ministry reports that at least 23 people have been killed in clashes and 1,500 wounded.