Controversial Egypt Islamist quits as Luxor governor after uproar there
The new governor of Egypt’s Luxor province, controversially appointed last week despite belonging to a hardline Islamist group that killed 58 tourists there in 1997, announced his resignation on Sunday.
“We will not accept that one drop of blood be spilt because of a position that I did not personally aspire to at any time,” Adel Mohamed al-Khayat said in a news conference, saying the decision had been made after consultations with his party.
A member of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, which mounted campaigns against Egypt’s military rulers and tourist industry at various times from the 1970s to 1990s, al-Khayat was appointed a week ago by President Mohamed Mursi in a move that showed the growing importance of al-Gamaa as an ally of Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood.
Khayat had denied any personal role in militant attacks, having worked as a civil servant after a brief association with al-Gamaa as a student.
But his appointment prompted uproar in Luxor, in the southern heartlands of al-Gamaa support. Workers in the tourist industry around its pharaonic temples feared the new governor could put off visitors at a time when business is already poor due to continued unrest following the 2011 revolution.
See also earlier reports on this here:
- Hardliners call on Luxor governor to quit after Mursi defence — Jun 22, 2013
- Mursi’s controversial Islamist Luxor governor to quit — Jun 22, 2013
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- Islamist governor promises safety for Luxor tourists — Jun 18, 2013
- Egypt tourism minister protests over Islamist governor — Jun 18, 2013