Cairo: Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab and his cabinet today resigned following arrest of the agriculture minister on charges of corruption.
“The prime minister handed the government’s resignation to the president who accepted it,” a statement from the Presidency said without disclosing any reason.
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has asked Mahlab to stay on as caretaker prime minister till a new government is formed.
The resignation by the Egypt Cabinet comes ahead of the overdue legislative elections scheduled between October 17 and December 2.
The elections had initially been scheduled for early 2014 but were delayed on legal grounds amid charges from rights groups of repressive measures during a crackdown on the Islamist opposition.
Egypt’s Agriculture minister Salah Helal’s arrest was announced on Monday. Helal and his chief of staff have been accused of “receiving” bribes from a businessman to legalise the purchase of a state owned property.