Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Despite a meeting between Abdel Fatah and the Prime Minister his status remains unclear and the protests continue.  It is hard to see any quick resolution to either problem.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/22571/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/An-initiative-towards-ending-Egypts-archaeologists.aspx

5 comments:

Patrick said...

There is an unconfirmed rumour that Mustafa Amin, head of Islamic monuments at the SCA, has replaced Abdel Fatah.

Kate Phizackerley said...

I have seen Nigel Hetherington say that on Facebook. With respect to Nigel who I am sure is reporting honestly, I have seen so many reports over the past few months that I have learned to be patient and wait for an official announcement

Patrick said...

Appointment apparently confirmed by MENA and official SCA page, but still nothing in Al-Ahram or other dailies in English.ZH, by the way, has been banned from leaving Egypt by the government. Either they can't face life without him, or they've got something on him...

Patrick said...

CAIRO: Egypt's Prime Minister Essam Sharaf on Thursday appointed Mustafa Amin the new antiquities chief tasked with protecting the country's treasures, the official MENA news agency reported.

Amin, who had been heading the Islamic archaeology department of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), took over from Mohammed Abdel Fattah who resigned last week amid strike pressure.
(From Daily News Egypt)

We often forget that the SCA covers other areas of Egyptian history and culture, so there is no reason why its head should always be an Ancient Egyptologist. So long as he's honest and professional...

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