CAIRO - Egyptian Deputy Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi resigned on Tuesday following deadly clashes in the capital that left 25 people dead, the official MENA news agency reported. Beblawi - one of two deputy prime ministers who also has the finance portfolio - said he tendered his resignation after Sunday’s deadly clashes “which shook the security of the society, which is the government’s responsibility” to ensure. “Although the government is not directly responsible, in the end, the responsibility falls on its shoulders,” Beblawi was quoted by MENA as saying.
“The current circumstances are very difficult and require a new and different way of thinking and working,” he said. On Sunday, 25 people were killed and more than 300 injured in clashes after a demonstration by Coptic Christians was attacked by the army and thugs, sparking furious condemnation of the leadership’s handling of the transition from Hosni Mubarak’s rule.