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Governor Adel El-Khayat, who hails from group responsible for 1997 massacre of Luxor tourists, hopes to 'restore Luxor's touristic status'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Jun 2013
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Foreign tourists visit Hatshepsut Temple, in Luxor, Egypt Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Political activists and Luxor tourism workers have announced they will close touristic sites in 'the world's largest open air museum' if the newly-appointed governor is not dismissed from office.

A number of political groups, syndicates, and tourism workers in Luxor released a statement on Tuesday opposing the appointment of Adel El-Khayat as governor because he is a leading member of the ultra-conservative Al-Gamma Al-Islamiya group.

The group was responsible for the infamous 1997 Luxor attack in which at least 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians were killed.

The statement asserted that the 52-year-old El-Khayat is incapable of leading the governorate because of his "[fundamentalist] religious background," adding that they will prevent him from entering his office and assuming his post.

El-Khayat, appointed along with 16 other governors by President Morsi on Sunday, said on Tuesday that his top priority is to make Luxor an international "tourist capital," emphasising that he is keen on reviving the city's tourist activity.

He added that he has a vision for Luxor, which he hopes to implement with the help of existing touristic institutions.

The governor also stated that he is willing to travel anywhere in the world to "restore Luxor's touristic status," adding that he will work hard to solve the city's current problems.

On Monday, dozens gathered outside El-Khayat's office protesting his appointment.

An official Luxor governorate source, who spoke to Ahram Online on the condition of anonymity, said that protesters had raised placards reading: "We don't want terrorists" and "The government has replaced an ambassador with a terrorist."

In addition to the 1997 Luxor attack, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya was also implicated in the 1981 assassination of President Anwar El-Sadat, for which El-Khayat was detained for one year without charge.

The group formally renounced violence in the immediate wake of the Luxor attack. Following Egypt's 2011 popular uprising, which forced the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak, the group established its political arm under the Building and Development Party 

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Sad For Egypt
19-06-2013 08:50pm
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Murder for Governor???? Isn't Morsi ashamed of his actions???
How can he forgot the blood of 1997 massacre of Luxor tourists??? how can he forgot that??? Why not though, they both belong together and they don't care human blood.
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expat
19-06-2013 12:14pm
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how revive the tourism?
how he want to do this? al khaida training camps arround hatschepsut temple? funny islamic toruism only? or by real live survival training for fitness-fond western action seekers? well,he is the worst choice ever possible for this position luxor will suffer
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George Orr
18-06-2013 10:48pm
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Why?
None of the events in Egypt will convince me to ever return as a tourist. You have to decide who really runs the country, and that seems like a far-distant hope
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expat
18-06-2013 09:24pm
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its time
to cut all ties with this country under its actual rulers including monetary support and tourism
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expat
18-06-2013 09:19pm
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i have one simple question....
apart from your obvious problems,dear egyptians folk,to concentrate for anything apart from your one problems... did YOU ever thought,what it means to the families of the butchered and murdered tourists,which came to your country out of sympathy and got the evil worst treatment possible???? and this is not hundred years ago...its only 15 years and you folks think,it will go easy down the road? to put it in a easy picture for you,especially for your dearpresident...its like spitting on the graves of the victims and i personally am convinced,that swiss,german and other victims nations will not only think about aborting your country,they will as well think about cutting the funds,you so naturally enjoy today(for example 100 millions euro only from germany) ITS ENOUGH nonsense!!!
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Sanaa said
20-06-2013 07:54am
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Poor Egypt
I agree with you 100 percent and understand all the bitterness you could feel because we Egyptians feel the same way and our hearts bleed for all what's going on,the real Egyptian citizen is kind and hospitable living on tourism however could u beleive they could do anything so horrendous we are victims to a terrorist movement supported by the Americans please ask yourself why the American embassadress was the only foreign power to support to support our president,don't look at the picture from a narrow point of view a great conspiracy is being carried out and poor beautiful Egypt with its splendid heritage is the victim
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donatella massa
18-06-2013 09:10pm
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governatore Luxor
Grazie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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