World Bulletin / News Desk
President Mohammad Morsi’s spokesmen have quit their posts, a few hours after several ministers and governors resigned their posts following mass protests against the president and demands for snap presidential elections.
Ihab Fahmy and Omar Amer have asked to leave the presidency and return to their original posts in the foreign ministry, a close source to the spokesmen told Anadolu Agency.
The two senior diplomats joined the presidency in February. AA could not reach any of the two the spokesmen for comment. Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr resigned his post earlier Tuesday.
Diplomatic sources told Egypt’s official agency MENA that Amr quit “in protest at failure of the government and the regime and the deteriorating conditions in Egypt”. Amr declined to comment on the resignation.
The ministers of environmental affairs, communications, tourism and legal and parliamentary affairs tendered their resignations on Monday. Two governors have also quit their posts.
A number of lawmakers in the upper house of parliament have also resigned.
Hundreds of thousands of protestors have been staging protests across Egypt to call for early presidential election. But supporters insist the Islamist president, who was elected in June 2012, must complete his four-year term. The army has given a 48-hour ultimatum for political rivals to find a solution to the crisis before intervening.
But the presidency hit back, saying President Morsi was not consulted about the army ultimatum and that the mechanism of democracy are the only way to solve the crisis.
“He tendered his resignation in solidarity with the people’s demands,” the source said, giving no further details.
The resignation came shortly after President Mohammad Morsi’s two spokesmen quit their post.
Sources told AA that Ihab Fahmy and Omar Amer have asked to leave the presidency and return to their original posts in the foreign ministry.
Five cabinet ministers, two governors and a number of lawmakers have also resigned.