Egyptian prime minister Ibrahim Mehleb hands in resignation

Egyptian president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi

Egypt’s prime minister Ibrahim Mehleb and his Cabinet have resigned after coming under fire for a series of controversial statements and a corruption investigation that led to the arrest of the agriculture minister last week.

The office of president Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said that he had accepted the resignation but that the ministers would continue to serve until a new body is appointed.

Agriculture minister Salah el-Din Helal was detained on Monday after tendering his resignation amid an investigation into allegations he and others received more than $1m in bribes.

The Egyptian government has long been plagued by corruption allegations. Mr El-Sissi routinely emphasises that he is fighting corruption.

Mr Mehleb walked out of a press conference in Tunisia earlier this week after being asked about the corruption allegations.

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