Egypt’s agriculture minister was arrested after he resigned, state-run Nile News reported Monday.
Salah Helal’s resignation was accepted by the country’s prime minister on instructions from President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, the television station reported, citing an unidentified official. The resignation stemmed from Helal’s alleged “involvement in a corruption case,” according to the report. Egypt is the world’s biggest wheat importer.
Several agriculture ministry officials are being investigated on corruption allegations, state-run Ahram Gate reported, citing an unidentified official within the ministry.
The Cabinet didn’t specify a reason for Helal’s resignation, saying only in a statement that Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab met with him under orders from El-Sisi.
Mahlab appointed Hossam Moghazi, the minister of irrigation, to serve also as the interim head of agriculture until a new permanent minister is selected, according to a statement from the Cabinet.