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Protests in Egyptian tourist city over ‘Islamist’ governor

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 01:26

June 19 - Residents of the Egyptian tourist city of Luxor protested on Wednesday over their newly-appointed Governor, a member of an Islamist movement whose gunmen killed dozens of foreign tourists in 1997. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Howls of protest in Egypt's Luxor over its new Governor. Residents in this vital tourist city are angry, because the man President Mursi just appointed to run the region belongs to an Islamist movement whose gunmen killed 58 foreign tourists here in 1997. One critic called it the "last nail in the coffin" of Egypt's tourism industry. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ANTI-GOVERNOR DEMONSTRATOR, ABDEL NASSER ALAA, SAYING: "Luxor didn't protest during the revolution, but we thought that things would get better, and now we find that they've appointed a terrorist. Why? People need to speak up." Others marched to welcome their new Governor, Adel Mohamed al-Khayat. He's promised to keep tourists safe, but his party has called for a ban on alcohol and night clubs, and wants visitors to cover up their bodies. His supporters ask for patience, and back Mursi's decision. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SUPPORTER OF NEW GOVERNOR, AMR AHMED, SAYING: "If he doesn't change anything, we'll be the first ones to protest for his removal. But we can't make assumptions. He is a successful engineer. Why protest against him? This sends a message to the outside world that we're against the legitimacy of elections, and this is what has a negative effect on tourism." Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood calls Khayat's appointment an "excellent choice," saying his party's community ties will help improve law and order.

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Protests in Egyptian tourist city over ‘Islamist’ governor

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 01:26