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In this Friday, Sept. 20, 2013 file photo, Egypt's Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, center, Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi, right, and army's Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Sedki Sobhi, left, attend the funeral of Giza Police Gen. Nabil Farrag in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt’s interim prime minister Hazem el-Beblawi announced Monday the resignation of his Cabinet, a surprise move that could be designed in part to pave the way for the nation’s military chief to leave his defense minister’s post to run for president. El-Beblawi has often been derided in the media for his perceived indecisiveness and inability to introduce effective remedies to the country’s economic woes.

First Watch: Egypt's government resigns

Published: Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 - 4:58 am

The military-backed Egyptian government has officially resigned, a move that paves the way for General Al-Sisi to declare a run for president. The military has been in charge of the Egyptian state since protests last summer ousted President Mohamed Morsi. After 7 months, a date for a new presidential election has not yet been set.

The US and EU are scrambling to stabilize Ukraine after a tragically bloody week in Kiev that forced the ouster of the country's president, who is now facing arrest. Looming fears of civil war and Russian involvement in the crisis shadow the nation as it arranges new elections and interim governments.

And finally, the 2014 Olympic Winter Games have officially ended, with closing ceremonies Sunday night. Host country Russia took the top spot in the medal count with 33 medals, 13 of them gold.



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