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The surprise resignation today of Egypt's army-backed government marks the latest shake-up in Egyptian politics since the ouster of longtime Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak three years ago.

The resignation was announced by Prime Minister Hazam el-Beblawi who said his government was accepting responsibility for trying economic conditions that have led to widespread strikes across the transportation and manufacturing industries.

Some speculate that the move could be a political maneuver to pave the way for current Defense Minister Abdel-Fettah el-Sissi — the field marshal who overthrew President Mohammed Morsi in July — to run for president.

NPR’s Lelia Fadel joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson from Egypt to discuss the sudden resignation and what might lie ahead for the Egyptian government.

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This segment aired on February 24, 2014.

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