Governor of Egypt’s Luxor Resigns

    Black smoke rises from tires set on fire by demonstrators outside the Luxor town house protesting against the appointment of Adel al-Khayat, a member of the political arm of ex-Islamic militant group Gamaa Islamiya, as new governor on June 19, 2013 in Luxor, Egypt. Egypt's tourism minister resigned in protest on Wednesday after President Mohamed Morsi appointed a new governor for Luxor from an Islamist party linked to a massacre of holidaymakers in the temple city. AFP PHOTO/STR        (Photo credit should read STRINGER/AFP/Getty Images)


    The governor of Egypt's Luxor province has resigned after his new role sparked controversy across the nation, officials said Sunday. Tensions flared when Adel Mohamed al-Khayat was appointed governor last week, anger that stemmed from his connection to an Islamist group that killed 58 tourists in a deadly 1997 attack. Khayat denies participating in the attack or having knowledge of it. "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." He reportedly made the decision after consulting with his party, who told him to resign for "the sake of Egypt."

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