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Demonstrations in Beni Suef demanding removal of the new governor

Protests in the governorate of Beni Suef against newly-appointed governor

Ahram Online, Friday 22 Apr 2011
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Protests erupted this weekend in the governorate of Beni Suef, demanding that the newly-appointed governor be removed. A group of demonstrators marched from Omar Ibn Abdelaziz mosque following Friday prayers, carrying banners asking Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to remove the governor Maher El-Damaty.

Demonstrators claim El-Damaty has been involved in corruption cases in the University of Zagazig and is strongly related to the old regime and the National Democratic Party.

A Muslim Brotherhood source in Beni Suef said that so far the Brotherhood are not involved in the demonstrations but that they have notified Sharaf of their concerns regarding the governor and will give him a week to react, after which they will consider calling for demonstrations.

Riots have been ongoing in the governorate of Qena since last Friday, where protestors are also calling for the removal of a newly-appointed governor. However, in Qena there is an added element of sectarian tension as the governor is Christian, although protestors also object to his corruption and relationship with the police.

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