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Islamists’ Long Reach over Egypt as Suspected Terrorist is Appointed Luxor Governor
ICC Note:
President Morsi appointed 17 new provincial governors, included in the mix are seven from the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Adel Asaad El-Khayat. El-Khayat “is a former leading member of the Gama’a al-Islamiya, a radical Islamist group implicated in a terrorist attack against the temple of Deir el-Bahri that claimed the lives of 58 foreign tourists.” As Egypt continues down the road towards radical Islam, it does not look like Christians will be enjoying lives of religious freedom, absent of persecution, any time soon.
06/18/2013 Egypt (AsiaNews)- The fear that his actions might lose him legitimacy among Egyptian has prompted President Mohamed Morsi to speed up the process of “Islamisation” of government institutions. On 16 June, the Muslim Brotherhood leader signed a presidential decree appointing 17 new provincial governors.
According to media reports, at least seven of them are affiliated with Egypt’s main Islamist movement, including Ahmed El-Beili, the new governor of Gharbiya, and Ahmed Mohamed Shaarawi, his counterpart in Menoufiya, provinces in the Nile Delta region that are major constituencies for secular parties. Menoufiya is also the birthplace of former President Hosni Mubarak.
Public opinion has to worry however about the appointment of Adel Asaad El-Khayat as the new provincial governor of Luxor. He is a former leading member of the Gama’a al-Islamiya, a radical Islamist group implicated in a terrorist attack against the temple of Deir el-Bahri that claimed the lives of 58 foreign tourists.
Starting yesterday, hundreds of tour operators and employees in tourism, the province’s main industry, are protesting in front of the governorate headquarters to demand the removal of the new governor, waving banners that say: “We do not want terrorists.”

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