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Egypt's State Information Service chief resigns over constitution banner blunder

Banner used at official press conference misspelled 'Egypt' and used pictures of foreigners under the headline 'All Egyptians Constitution'

Ahram Online, Wednesday 18 Dec 2013
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Egypt's constituent assembly Chairman Amr Moussa (onstage, C) attends a news conference in Cairo December 15, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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State Information Service head Amgad Abdel-Ghaffar has resigned after a banner promoting Egypt's new constitution featured a number of mistakes, state news agency MENA reported on Wednesday.

On Sunday, a banner displayed at a press conference held by constitutional panel head Amr Moussa misspelled the word 'Egyptians' in Arabic (Misreyeen), using the word for 'determined' (Mosireen) instead.

Moreover, three out of five people featured on the huge banner reading 'All Egyptians Constitution' were identified as non-Egyptians whose photos had been taken from commercial websites in Ireland and the US.

"I believe the matter was overblown," Abdel-Ghaffar told Al-Shorouq newspaper on Monday.

Abdel-Ghaffar said the banner was received shortly before the press conference from the Egypt Peace Lovers organisation, a non-governmental group set up to promote the amended constitution that will be put to a referendum in mid-January.

The employee responsible for the mistakes will be penalised, he added.

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marwan hammad
18-12-2013 08:28pm
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Unfortunately resignation is the only proper and right thing to do in these circumstances. BUT this should be a lesson to ALL and everyone in any official position. Anyone making mistakes should pay for it, thus making way for other people to do a BETTER job, and allow NEW blood to come in. THIS ATTITUDE IS A MUST, and I hailthe gentleman who resigned...well done, hopefully with small BUT IMPORTANT things , we should be on our way to the REAL democracy that we so badly need...LONG LIVE EGYPT
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