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Egypt: Luxor protests appointment of governor linked to terrorist group


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Egypt: Luxor protests appointment of governor linked to terrorist group

Residents in the Egyptian city of Luxor protested on June 19, decrying the appointment of a member of a hardline Islamist group as the new governor of their province.

Adel Mohamed al-Khayat is a member of al-Gamaa al-Islamiya – a former militant group responsible for the 1997 massacre at a Luxor temple that killed 62 people, including 58 foreign tourists.

Demonstrators rallied against al-Khayat and the man who appointed him: Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Many interpreted Al-Khayat’s appointment as a sign of a deepening political alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Gamaa al-Islamiya.

One protester said: “Luxor didn’t protest during the revolution, we thought things would get better. Now we find they’ve appointed a terrorist. Why?”

Al-Khayat was sworn in on June 17, sparking the resignation of Egypt’s Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou in protest.

Government supporters gathered outside a Luxor mosque, with one protester saying: “Give al-Khayat a chance to see what he can do, and if he doesn’t change anything, we’ll be the first ones to call for his removal.”