PM finally appoints new chief for Supreme Council of Antiquities

Prime Minister Essam Sharaf has resolved a crisis at the Supreme Council of Antiquities by appointing Mohamed Abdel Fattah as secretary general.

The council was temporarily headed by Mohamed Abdel Maqsoud, who had no decision-making powers.

Abdel Fattah promised to resolve differences among council members and root out corruption. He also vowed to complete a number of unfinished projects, such as the Rams Road in Luxor, the Step Pyramid and the Sharm el-Sheikh Museum.

“Other projects will have to wait until we improve our financial resources,” he said, adding that the council had received a loan of LE350 million from the Central Bank for paying salaries.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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