Egypt government accepts Port Said governor's resignation after stadium disaster

Ahram Online, Thursday 2 Feb 2012

Heads of Port Said's security and police investigations suspended and their conduct to be investigated in the wake of Wednesday night's violence in Port Said Stadium in which 71 people died

Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri has told the People's Assembly that his government has accepted the resignation of the governor of Port Said, Major-General Mohamed Abdullah after Wednesday night's disaster in the port city.

The goverment has also suspended the heads of security and police investigations. The two men's conduct in the build up to Wednesday night's league match between Port Said side Masry and Cairo giants Ahly will be investigated.

El-Ganzouri added that all Egyptian Football Association (EFA) board members will be suspended and an investigation opened into why they decided to go ahead with the match in light of the likelihood of violence around it.

The prime minister announced these measures in response to the Port Said disaster on Wednesday night during his address to an emergency session of the People's Assembly. Seventy one people died in the violence, which erupted at the end of the game. The session was also attended by Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim and members of the EFA.

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