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Amid Corruption Probe, Egypt's PM And Cabinet Resigns

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| September 12 , 2015 , 17:21 IST
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. [caption id="attachment_125008" align="aligncenter" width="700"]Egypt cabinet resigns In this Saturday, July 5, 2014, file photo Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab speaks during a a televised news conference at his office in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's prime minister has resigned after coming under criticism. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)[/caption] The office of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Saturday 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 Monday after tendering his resignation amid an investigation into allegations that he and others received over $1 million in bribes. The Egyptian government has long been plagued by corruption allegations. El-Sissi routinely emphasizes that he is fighting corruption. Mehleb walked out of a press conference in Tunisia earlier this week after being asked about the corruption allegations.