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Egyptian Islamist Adel el-Khayat resigned as Governor of Luxor following Outcry from Locals

Jun 24, 2013 15:43 IST

A member of an Egyptian Islamist group, Adel el-Khayat who was linked to the terrorist massacre of foreign holidaymakers in Luxor in 1997 had resigned his appointment on 22 June 2013 as governor of the city, subsequent to the outcry from locals and tourist chiefs.

The decision of resignation was taken by Adel el-Khayat in order to stop protest and bloodshed following his appointment in third week of June 2013 which provoked violent clashes between his supporters and opponents outside his offices.

It was Egypt’s new Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi who had selected Adel el-Khayat for the post of Governor and is now facing criticism of the public.

The appointment attracted condemnation from secularists, and outraged businessmen in Luxor, who feared it is going to threaten the city’s efforts to rebuild itself as a tourist centre, and lead to bans on selling alcohol.

Adel el-Khayat Khayat belongs to the Construction and Development party, the political arm of Gamaa Islamiya which was blamed for a spate of attacks in the 1990s before it renounced violence which is considered as worst terrorist atrocities when its members opened fire on tourists at Luxor’s 3400-year-old Hatsheput Temple in November 1997.

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