Three more Egypt MPs resign ahead of protests

Three more Egypt MPs resign ahead of protests
Wed Jul 3, 2013 18:48:01

Three more Egyptian parliamentarians have resigned the acting parliament ahead of army 48-hour ultimatum against President Mohamed Morsi.

In a statement issued by prestigious University of al-Azhar on Wednesday, the three lawmakers including Abdoldayem Nasir, Mohammad Mahna as well as Abdolhadi al-Qosay, who were represented al-Azhar in Shura Council, have resigned from upper house of Egyptian bicameral parliament, Al-Alam reported.

The MPs said on Saturday that they had resigned from the Shura Council in support of the Egyptian people, Ahram Online reported.

The total number of MPs submitting their resignations till yet has increased to 34.

The Shura Council took over legislative duties after parliament was dissolved in June 2012 by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), the country's then ruling military council.

This is while nine more secular Egyptian MPs also resigned from the parliament earlier on June 29th.

This is while Egyptian Foreign Minister Kamel Amr has tendered his resignation, as massive protests continue against Morsi.

The ministers of tourism, environment, communication and legal affairs also submitted their letters of resignation to Prime Minister Hisham Qandil on Monday, a day after widespread pro and anti-government demonstrations all across the country, in which at least 16 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded.

On July 1, the Egyptian army gave President Morsi a 48-hour ultimatum to resolve the political crisis in the African country.

However, the Egyptian president dismissed the army’s statement as an attempt to “deepen divisions and threaten the social peace.”

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