Govt spokesman denies reports of Sharaf’s resignation

Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and his cabinet have not resigned, said a cabinet spokesman to Egyptian state TV, denying news reports of the resignation in response to Sunday evening’s violence outside the Maspero radio and television building.

The BBC and Al Jazeera news channels reported that Sharaf said his cabinet submitted its resignation to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). They said Sharaf described the current situation in Egypt as “strange,” in reference to the Maspero events and ongoing investigations. Al Jazeera, however, went on to retract its report.

The news comes amid demands for the resignation of Sharaf and his cabinet by politicians and activists following Sunday's violence which claimed the lives of 25 people and injured over 300 Clashes had broken out between the armed forces and some 2000 protestors outside the Egyptian television and radio building (also known as Maspero) in Cairo.

Meanwhile, Finance Minister Hazem al-Beblawy submitted his resignation on Tuesday to the cabinet, citing a deteriorating security situation. The government has not yet officially declared the details of Beblawy’s resignation.

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