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Tuesday,17 July, 2018
Issue 1153, 20 - 26 June 2013

Ahram Weekly

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An ex-militant rules Egypt’s most touristic city

The appointment of a new governor of Luxor, Adel Asaad Al-Khayat, who comes from the political arm of Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya that once carried out terrorist attacks that killed dozens of tourists, soldiers and police officers in the same city, dominated the social networks debate.

Millions of Egyptians using Facebook and Twitter agreed that President Mohamed Morsi “was not wise when he took such a decision”, as Yosri Mahmoud said.

“It is totally unbelievable and sends out a very bad signal to tourists that one of the founding members of a ‘previously’ considered terrorist group who was responsible for the Luxor temple massacre, and the assassination of Sadat, is now the new governor of Luxor,” said Mohamed Zahran said.

Zahran asked if this decision is a sort of reward from Morsi, or if it spells the end of tourism as we know it in Luxor.

“Perhaps the new governor will cover all the statues or even decimate them. These heritage sites belong to the world not to just Egypt. Another reason why we must support the 30 June protests.”

Hala Mansour said that Egypt’s culture and heritage is now under attack along with the economy and society.

“The Muslim Brotherhood must give up power today before tomorrow. Egypt cannot handle their rule and leaders anymore. They have the ability to make the same mistakes that Mubarak did in 30 years in only one year.”

If it cannot help, opposition should not hinder

Nervana Mahmoud gives the Tamarod campaign tips on how to succeed against President Mohamed Morsi:

“What will happen on 30 June? Everyone who has been following Egypt has been asking this question. There are many possible scenarios and potential outcomes. Both camps, Islamists and the opposition, are expecting violence and even civil war. Rumours are already flying about the possible arming of some opposition groups, even the involvement of the Hamas militias.

The formula for success should include certain ingredients that, if combined, can maximise the chances of winning a secure victory against Egypt’s currently failing leadership.

There is a sceptical mood among some activists in the social media. This is understandable and even healthy. Deposing Morsi will not be easy; he believes in his “legitimacy” as the first democratically elected leader of Egypt, and he still has core supporters who are willing to fight till the very end. However, Morsi’s “regime” is not just unpopular; it also lacks creativity. The first step against such a rattled regime is to win the battle of perception. The millions of signatures gathered by Tamarod should not just be a confidence booster but should also reinforce the belief that the movement to depose Morsi is heading in the right direction.

The planned nationwide demonstrations on 30 June are part of the on-going battle aimed at draining the Brotherhood’s rule and stripping it of its remaining vestiges of legitimacy. Any high expectations of immediate success can lead to a sharp downward spiral of pessimism and disappointment. This is a battle that will not be won by a decisive knockout, but by an overall collection of points; therefore, any attempt to repeat 25 January will be a miscalculation that may backfire. Morsi will fight and resist any demands for him to leave office. The Muslim Brotherhood did not wait 80 years to leave power after just one year. That is why the anti-Morsi camp should aim at stirring new direction and creating new realities. It should not be just a demonstration but a start of civil disobedience, and other peaceful, lawful means sanctioned by law.

I know that ‘unity’ is a magical word that is rather elusive in meaning, but for now, it is a must. Egypt’s feckless opposition should understand that if it cannot contribute positively, it must at least not cause harm. Enough secret meetings, lousy statements, and useless suggestions; the opposition must understand their own limitations and stop being a hindrance to those amazing youths who organised the Rebel campaign. Instead, the opposition should focus on fielding a unified candidate for a possible presidential election, and provide a shadow government that is ready to rule Egypt in case of a power vacuum.

As Islamists keep forecasting that civil war and chaos will result from the 30 June demonstrations, the Rebels should counter this ugly propaganda with a solid plan to parry any violence or collapse of law and order perpetuated by Morsi’s regime, Brotherhood or their supporters. Various teams should be allocated tasks like helping the injured, facilitating traffic, preventing a security vacuum, coping with electricity shortages, and most importantly public help lines through social media and others means. It is crucial for the wider Egyptian public to see the Rebel campaign as a multi-task movement that aims to save and not to burn the country.” 


“Morsi is desperate internally… he used our revolution of dignity in #Syria to gain support. Our revolution and our people are not cheap.”

@Aymen Gamal


“Create a group that massacred tourists and 15 years later you can become mayor under the Morsi regime.”



“Muslim Brotherhood is not interested in fighting imperialism and Zionism, because they are too busy declaring war on Alawites, Shia, Iran, women and infidels.”

@Ikrwas page


“You want to know how terrible Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood government are? They are making the Salafists seem reasonable. Yes. That bad.”

@Sultan AlQassemi

“Morsi’s decision to appoint Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya as Luxor governor would destroy traditional tourism industry and pave way for halal tourism.”

@Suez City


“Imagine an Al-Qaeda member appointed mayor of New York. This is exactly how we feel about Luxor’s new terrorist governor.”

@Marwa Farid


“How can a tourist feel safe visiting a city knowing its governor is a member of a terrorist group? It’s unprecedented in history.”

@Hany Ghoraba


“Does anyone in Egypt not know about 30 June? Has a protest ever been so highly anticipated? It’s going to be huge.”

@Simon Hanna


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