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Egypt's resigned agriculture minister arrested over corruption charges

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-09-07 21:40

CAIRO -- Egypt's agriculture minister was arrested on Monday after he resigned upon a request from President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over alleged corruption case in his ministry, local media reported.

"Upon President Sisi's instructions, Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met today with agriculture minister Salah Helal who submitted his resignation, which was accepted," official news agency MENA reported.

Egypt's Administrative Control Authority arrested Helal immediately after his resignation, state-run Al-Ahram news website reported.

Media reports noted that Helal along with several high ranking officials were involved in corruption and bribery cases.

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