October 12, 2011 / 12:48 PM / in 6 years

Egypt finmin back at work after resignation rejected

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s Finance Minister Hazem el-Beblawi returned to work on Wednesday and attended a meeting after the ruling military council rejected his resignation, a cabinet source said.

Egypt's Finance Minister Hazem el-Beblawi at a group meeting of Gulf and Arab Finance Ministers in Abu Dhabi, September 7, 2011. REUTERS/Jumana El Heloueh

Beblawi handed in his resignation on Tuesday after less than three months in the job because of an army crackdown on a protest by Christians that left 25 people dead.

The incident was the worst outbreak of violence since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in February and sparked anger among Coptic Christians, politicians and rights activists.

Beblawi told Reuters late on Tuesday he was, “in a difficult situation” after the military council rejected his resignation.

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