Egypt's cabinet stepped down on Monday citing "difficult circumstances in the country," following the third day of deadly clashes between security and protesters calling on the ruling military council to cede power to a civilian government.
Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) initially rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf until a suitable replacement prime minister has been named, according to a statement read on the official MENA news agency. "The government will continue working" until the resignation is accepted, cabinet spokesman Mohammed Hegazy said.
The political development comes amid country-wide protests that have left at least 33 people dead and more than 1,700 wounded, according to the health ministry.
On Monday, the epicenter of demonstrations remained in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Egypt's interim government said parliamentary polls are still set for next week.