Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Egyptian Antiquities Ministry to be Dissolved

An Egyptian government source said on Wednesday 20th July that ailing Prime Minister Essam Sharaf would conclude on Thursday the cabinet reshuffle which he began at the beginning of the week. It is reported that as a result of this the Antiquities Ministry will be abolished. The Supreme Council of Antiquities will be retained and placed under the direct control of the cabinet (Mansour Kamel, 'Cabinet reshuffle to conclude on Thursday', Wed, 20/07/2011). It is unclear whether as a result Mohamed Abdel-Maksoud, whom as a Minister Hawass not so long ago appointed to his own former position as secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, will retain the post. Quite possibly this is what will happen as it seems that it was he who persuaded the Prime Minister not to appoint El-Banna as the new Minister of Antiquities.

See also Kate Phizackerley: Hawass Decision Expected Today, July 21, 2011

Photo: Mohamed Abdel-Maksoud

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