Days after being appointed by President Morsi, Culture Minister El-Sayed Abdel-Fattah replaces the head of the General Egyptian Book Organisation (GEBO) on Tuesday after controversially sacking the incumbent.
Egyptian writer and deputy head of the Egyptian writers' union, Gamal El-Tellawy, succeeds Ahmed Megahed in the important post. Gamal El-Tellawy is professor of comparative English literature at El-Minya University in Upper Egypt and is well-known as the deputy of the Egyptian writers' union. He has published short stories collection as well as a book on interpreting novels.
Abdel-Fattah's decision to sack Megahed outraged intellectuals and writers, who held demonstrations and called on the newly-appointed minister to resign. Megahed was deemed as one of the most successful leaders in the ministry, since he was able to develop and enhance GEBO publications in a very short time and republish gems of Arabic arts and literature, like the complete works of Salah Jaheen, Tharwat Okasha and other important authors. Megahed also is credited for holding local book fairs in many different governorates, which for decades had not seen book fairs.