Egypt: Luxor protests keep governorship up in the air

Former extremist might be transferred to another governorship

21 June, 12:23

    (ANSAmed) - CAIRO, JUNE 21 - Protests are ongoing in Luxor against President Mohamed Morsi's governor-appointee Adel el-Khayat, a former member of the Gamaa Islamiya extremist movement that sought to oust deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak.

    The appointee reportedly has decided not to show up in Luxor, where hundreds of protesters have vowed not to let him in to the city, until all sides agree on his nomination by Morsi four days ago.

    In a bid to restore calm, Premier Hisham Qandil has suggested making el-Khayat governor of nearby Qena instead.

    The opposition as well as Luxor locals and tourist operators hotly contested the nomination of el-Khayat, whose former movement shot to death then mutilated the bodies of 62 tourists, including many women and a child, in the grisly Luxor massacre of 1997.

    International tour operators have threatened to cancel bookings to Luxor, the touristic jewel in Egypt's crown, and Egyptian Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou has resigned over the ''grave losses'' to the sector caused by el-Khayat's appointment. The premier did not accept his resignation, local media reported.(ANSAmed).

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