Egyptian minister quits Mubarak`s new cabinet

Egypt`s Culture Minister Gaber Asfour resigned for health reasons.

Updated: Feb 10, 2011, 12:41 PM IST

Cairo: A minister has resigned from the Egyptian cabinet formed by President Hosni Mubarak in response to an uprising against his rule, a family member said on Wednesday.

Culture Minister Gaber Asfour resigned for health reasons, a member of his family said. But the website of Egypt`s main daily newspaper al-Ahram said Asfour, a writer, was under pressure from literary colleagues over the post.

It said he had believed when joining the cabinet, sworn in on January 31, that it would be a national unity government. Many figures in the cabinet retained their posts from the previous government, but Asfour was a new face.
Mubarak has announced a list of concessions including a promise of political reforms, but protesters have continued occupying Tahrir Square in central Cairo and staging daily demonstrations around the country to demand that he resign.

Bureau Report