Nasserist governor to resign after Morsi assumes presidential office

Ahram Online, Monday 25 Jun 2012

Nasserist figure and governor of Nile Delta's Sharqiya announces he will submit his resignation once the Muslim Brotherhood figure and president-elect Mohamed Morsi is sworn in

Azzazi Ali (Photo: Ahram)

Azzazi Ali, governor of Sharqiya Governorate in the Delta, announced on Monday that he has decided to submit his resignation once the new president-elect and Muslim Brotherhood figure Mohamed Morsi is sworn-in.

Ali, a figure in the Nasserist Al-Karama Party and former editor-in-chief of the party's newspaper said that he has decided to give up his post, rejoin the opposition and resume his work as a journalist.

"I have, however, sent a telegraph to president Morsi and expressed my happiness for his becoming the first elected civilian president for the country in a free and fair election, despite my disagreement with his group and his party," Azzazi said.

Azzazi was appointed governor of Sharqiya in August 2011. He has been in continuous conflict and exchange of accusations with Muslim Brotherhood figures and MPs in Sharqiya. At one point, Azzazi even prevented MPs from the Freedom and Justice Party from entering the governorate headquarters.

The Muslim Brotherhood figure and head of its Freedom and Justice Party Mohamed Morsi has narrowly won the elections of Egypt's presidency against Mubarak's last prime minister Ahmed Shafiq, as results were announced Sundary afternoon by the Supreme Presidential Electoral Commission.

In Sharqiya, the majority of votes went to Mubarak-era prime minister Ahmed Shafiq in the presidential runoffs on 16/17 June. 

Former Nasserist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi, who finished third in the first round of the presidential elections last May, was one of the founders of the Karama Party in 1997. Sabbahi, a former editor of Karama's paper, did not, like Azzazi, endorse either Morsi or Sfaiq in the runoffs.

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