Newly appointed Luxor governor quits

2013-06-24 11:18

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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 appointment.

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 tourists.

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 last week.

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