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Mohamed El Sawy appointed minister of culture

Cultural entrepreneur had preferred to remain a 'normal Egyptian'

Ahram Online, Monday 21 Feb 2011
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Mohamed Abdel Moneim El Sawy, the founder of the cultural centre El Sawy Culturewheel, was appointed minister of culture on Sunday.

Earlier, in an interview with Ahram Online (article titled: "Post-Revolution El Sawy Culturewheel is stronger than ever,") he said that he was not interested in the position: "I would rather enjoy my freedom as a normal Egyptian." He did, however, express interest in the ministry of education.

The appointment of El Sawy has received mixed reactions from artists in many fields.

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