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Morsi-appointed Governor of Luxor linked to 1997 massacre

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Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi appointed, on 17 June 2013, 17 out of 27 governors total across the country, increasing to 11 the number of Muslim Brotherhood members.

Among the newly promoted, the president picked Adel Asaad Al-Khayat as governor of Luxor. Al-Khayat, who now represents Building and Development Party, is one of the organizers of the 17 November 1997 Luxor massacre which left 62 people dead (photo).

The Minister of Tourism, Hisham Zazou, resigned in protest.

Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya was a terrorist organization that sprang from the Muslim Brotherhood. It claimed responsibility for the 1981 assassination of President Anwar Sadat. After the Luxor massacre in 1997, the group split into two, one section rejecting terrorism, the other following Ayman Zawahiri to join Al-Qaeda. In the aftermath of the "Arab Spring", the first group created the Building and Development Party. It provides President Morsi with para-military backing.

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