In Cairo, clashes between the supporters and opponents of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsy erupted on Tuesday after his appointment of new Islamist governors in many areas where his political opponents are strong.
The opposition greatly criticised Morsy for first disabling government powers when he and an Islamist-majority wrote the entire constitution without proper representation of the other secular groups. When Morsy appointed 17 new governors last Sunday, which included 7 members of the Muslim Brotherhood where he was part of, the public was outraged. Luxor residents were also adamant about Morsy appointing an ex-militant as governor of Luxor.
The appointment of the governor of Luxor prompted the Egyptian Minister of Tourism to resign according to his spokeswoman Rasha el-Azzazzi. Protests erupted in the gates of the offices of the new governors around the country as security forces tried to disperse them with tear gas and water cannons.
Fighting broke out in the Nile Delta city of Tanta as opposition protesters chained the gate of the new governor’s office in a sign of protest. Ahmed el Baylie was the new governor and part of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was able to only enter his office after his supporters clashed with the rock throwing protesters. A woman apparently hit the governor in the head with her shoes.
Opposition protesters locked other governor’s offices in other places in Egypt, but in Luxor, the people were in silent protest. Protesters sat down and sealed off the gates and used protests signs.
Morsy met the country’s top heads of the Coptic Church and the Al-Azhar on Sunday. He planned that the meeting of the two religious institutions would try to strengthen national unity and protect the nation’s interest.