Sunday, 17 July 2011

Zahi Hawass resigns as minister of antiquities

Egypt’s minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass has resigned his post, according to local news reports. The move came as Prime Minister Essam Sharaf informed Hawass that he would not be continuing on in his position.

Egyptian daily newspaper al-Youm al-Saba’a also reported that upon hearing the news, angry archaeologists, who had been camped out in front of the ministry, allegedly chased the embattled minister throughout the streets before his bodyguards were able to get Hawass into a taxi.

The move comes after a series of Bikya Masr articles detailing Hawass’ performance as a minister and the widespread anger and resentment over his continued position as minister.

This amazing video shows archaeologists surrounding Zahi Hawass as he left the ministry in a taxi.


And here's a video which shows A small protest against former minister of antiquities Zahi Hawass at Tahri Square. This took place on May 27th.


And here is Zahi Hawass, who is also a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, giings a passionate defense of Hosni Mubarak, who, at the time, was days away from stepping down as the President of Egypt. (6 February 2011).


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