His opponents succeeded, and Egypt lost a very bright minister. Ahram Online
Egypt’s minister of supply and internal trade announced his resignation on Thursday in deference to public opinion, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.
Khaled Hanafy's departure comes a few days after he was criticised because it was revealed he had been staying at a five-star hotel in Cairo for the past two years.
The ministry denied in an official statement that Hanafy had used public funds to pay for his stay, adding that the minister’s bill at the hotel was paid out of his personal funds.
Hanafy was appointed minister in February 2014 by then-premier Ibrahim Mahlab.
He introduced a new food subsidy smart system to eliminate smuggling of subsidised wheat, and made a wider variety of subsidised commodities available to the public.
In June, the ministry said that the government had purchased up to five million tons of local wheat and paid farmers EGP 14 billion (roughly $1.6 billion) for the harvest season, which started in mid-April.
Earlier this month, the Egyptian office of the prosecutor-general stated that its ongoing investigation into alleged corruption surrounding local wheat procurement revealed that some EGP 533 million ($60 million) had been stolen by officials within the agriculture ministry in collusion with silo owners.
The prosecution said that officials took government money earmarked to buy 222,000 tons of wheat from local farmers and pocketed the cash while claiming that the purchases were made.