Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities confirms his resignation

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 20 Sep 2011

Mohamed Abdel Fatah explains his decision in an exclusive interview with Ahram Online

In a telephone interview with Ahram Online, Mohamed Abdel Fatah, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, confirmed his resignation of the post. “I am fed up,” Abdel Fatah said angrily. “All these protests stand against proceeding with archaeological works properly,” he said.

“I cannot be responsible without concrete authority in my hands,” Abdel Fatah said. In fact, Abdel Fatah cannot put into effect any of his decisions until he has the approval of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

He also asserted that there are specific people who are behind all protests in front of the Council for personal gains. “They are profiteering from accelerating such protests to create chaos that stops archaeological work from proceeding properly,” Abdel Fatah said. “I am not against any of the protesters’ demands,” he has told Ahram Weekly, “but I am against their way in asking, and the time.” Abdel Fatah pointed out that he had several meetings with them and promised to meet their demands according to an appropriate timing schedule, but they never listen.

“All archaeological work is put on hold due to these continuous and non-stop protests,” he said.

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