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Five Cabinet ministers step down as protests surge in Egypt

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The millions of Egyptians protesting President Mohammed Morsi's government inched a bit closer to collapsing their Muslim Brotherhood-backed leadership on Monday, as five top Cabinet ministers announced their resignations.

It's a sign of Mr. Morsi's flailing power, political experts said on Ynet News. The ministers gathered to discuss their resignations and whether or not they should join the protesters. They hailed from communications, legal affairs, environment, tourism and water utilities, Ynet said. And they handed in their letters of resignation simultaneously to Prime Minister Hisham Qandil, an unnamed source said.

One of Mr. Morsi's top military advisers previously handed in his resignation in a show of support for the protesters.

The tourism minister, Hisham Zazou, earlier tried to resign his seat after Mr. Morsi appointed a radical Islamist party member as governor in Luxor, a city that's a top tourist destination, Ynet reported.

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