Egypt’s cabinet submitted its resignation to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi following his swearing-in for a second term after a landslide election victory.
Government, headed by Prime Minister Sherif Ismail, will stay on in a caretaker capacity until the new one is appointed.
The move is routine ahead of the formation of a new government after Sisi’s re-election in March. All serious opponents withdrew from the race.
Sisi said in a televised address that after next week’s Muslim holiday Eid al-Fitr, Egypt would see “a number of great achievements that will be inaugurated”. He did not say what they would be.
“I have great hope that in two years, you will see Egypt in a different place (God willing),” he said.
Since the election dozens of mostly secular or socialist critics have been arrested and are being investigated on charges including spreading fake news and belonging to illegal or terrorist organisations.