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Egypt tourism minister resigns over 'ex-militant' Luxor governor

Hisham Zaazou resigns as tourism minister over appointment of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Adel El-Khayat as governor of Luxor

Bassem Abo Alabass, Wednesday 19 Jun 2013
Egypt
Egypt's minister of tourism, Hisham Zazou, speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at his office in Cairo, Egypt Thursday, March 28, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou has resigned in protest at the appointment of an ultimate-conservative Islamist as governor of Luxor.

"Hisham Zaazou insists on his departure, and I have not denied it as was reported by some websites," ministerial spokesperson Rasha Azazi told Ahram Online.

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil asked Zaazou to continue in his job but he refused, Azazi added.

On Tuesday, Zaazou met with PM Qandil to discuss his concerns about the appointment of Adel El-Khayat, a member of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, as governor of Luxor. Zaazou tendered his resignation hours after the meeting.

Zaazou, a technocrat and political independent, was appointed tourism minister in August 2012. He was previously assistant to former tourism minister Mounir Fakhry Abdel-Nour.

Members of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya are accused of killing at least 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians in a terrorist attack in Luxor in 1997.

Luxor relies heavily on tourism and is considered one of the world's largest open-air museums.

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Sade Egyptian
19-06-2013 08:41pm
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The Egyptian people take their hat off for Mr.Zazou.
Dear Mr. Zazou Every true Egyptian who loves his country would do what you did. I wonder why Morsi did not ask Taliban to send a representative to Egypt to govern Hurghada and ask "Boka haram " to send some body to govern Sharm el Shikh? Do not we have enough damage to Egypt economy? Do we really have to label Luxor as a terrorist stat? Sham on you MBH.
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Farouk
19-06-2013 06:07pm
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Shame on both!
Members of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya are accused of killing at least 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians in a terrorist attack in Luxor in 1997. Same group is also executing former President Sadat with following 32 years of dictatorship. What a tragedy! Anyhow, for tourism a bad decission and the appointment of this man will contra productiv for this man and Mursi itself. Shame on both!
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A`
19-06-2013 02:24pm
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Well Done! This is a slap to the face of the Morsi regime
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expat
19-06-2013 12:11pm
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wise decision
after lying about the tourists numbers for months,now finally he took a wise decision as nobody forgot,what happened here 97 and very sure not the swiss and german nations,now it can become real difficult for egypt,even to the fact,that munitary support can be cut from the effected countries from 97 tourism is anyway hurt,as the newspapers there drum already about this move of mursi
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Karim
19-06-2013 11:54am
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Terrorist state...
This was the main goal of revolution - everywhere islamists and no freedom just pray and people who will kill you if you are against "islam" . The egyptian land really in a big danger!!!
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