Egypt army rejects resignation of deputy PM

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 22, 2011 6:42 PM
Egypt army rejects resignation of deputy PM

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's army rulers rejected the resignation of Deputy Prime Minister Yehia el-Gamal, who had cited health problems, the government said Wednesday.

Gamal was appointed in February shortly after a popular uprising ousted President Hosni Mubarak, who was replaced by a military council until elections can be held.

A law professor, Gamal was a leader of an opposition coalition called the National Association for Change, founded by Egyptian activist and presidential candidate Mohamed ElBaradei.

The prime minister's media adviser Ahmed el-Seman told reporters that the military council had rejected Gamal's resignation. He gave no explanation for the decision.

(Reporting by Sarah Mikhail, writing by Yasmine Saleh)