Egypt arrests agriculture minister over corruption allegations

Egyptian agriculture minister Salah El Din Mahmoud Helal

Egyptian authorities on Monday arrested the country’s agriculture minister over corruption allegations, security sources said, just after his resignation was announced.

The prime minister’s office released a statement earlier in the day saying Salah El Din Mahmoud Helal’s resignation had been accepted on the instruction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

“He was arrested in connection with a corruption case involving illegal land licenses,” a security official said. “He is under investigation.”