Governor of Egypt's 2nd largest city resigns over flooding

2015-10-26 13:32
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Cairo - Egypt says the governor of the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria has resigned over the poor response to flooding that devastated parts of the city following a weekend rainstorm.

Hany el-Missiry's resignation, announced by government spokesperson Osama Abdul-Aziz late on Monday, followed the death of at least six people as a result of the flooding in Alexandria, five of whom were electrocuted by a fallen power cable.

The Alexandria flooding capped a series of crises over the past week, including the weakening of the Egyptian pound and an unusually low turnout in parliamentary elections that has raised questions about the country's political direction under President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Sisi is chairing a crisis Cabinet meeting on Tuesday to discuss the flooding and other pressing issues.

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