Newly appointed Luxor governor quits
24 June 2013, 12:15
Cape Town – The new governor of Egypt’s Luxor province has
resigned amid controversy over his links to an Islamist group that carried out
a deadly attack on tourists there in 1997, a BBC report says.
Adel Khayat's appointment infuriated many Egyptians and
prompted the tourism minister to submit his resignation.
Islamist President Mohammed Morsi had defended Khayat's
Khayat is a member of the political wing of Gamaa Islamiya,
which carried out the raid that killed 58 tourists.
Khayat, a member of the Construction and Development party,
had denied any role in Gamaa Islamiya's militant past and pledged to protect
He told a news conference on Sunday: "We will not
accept that one drop of blood be spilt because of a position that I did not
personally aspire to at any time."
Khayat was appointed Luxor's governor by president Morsi