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Controversial Egypt Islamist quits as Luxor governor after uproar there

By Reuters Staff
June 24, 2013

(Traditional dancers perform during a show about the history of Pharaohs in Hurghada, about 464 km (288 miles) from the capital Cairo, June 17, 2013. Seen in the backdrop are mock-ups of a sphinx (R) and the temples of Abu Simbel (L), Karnak (2nd L) and Luxor (2nd R). REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

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.

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See also earlier reports on this here:

Egypt Islamists warn opponents with huge pro-Mursi rally

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