Ruling council considers relocating Mugamma employees

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is considering relocating employees working in the Mugamma building in Tahrir Square to other places, an Egyptian government source said.

An official from the Ministry of Local Development told Al-Masry Al-Youm on Saturday that the Mugamma's governmental offices may be relocated to places close to Cairo.

Tahrir Square was the epicenter of the 18 days of protests that led to Hosni Mubarak resigning from the presidency in February. Since then it has witnessed repeated protests, and two weeks ago protesters staging a sit-in in Tahrir blocked Mugamma employees from entering the building.

Several technical committees – which include members from the Ministry of Local Development, Interior, Education and Housing as well as the governorate of Cairo – will examine how Mugamma employees could be moved to other locations.

Governor of Cairo Abdel Qawy Khalifa told Al-Masry Al-Youm that the relocation of employees will take three months.

Khalifa said specific locations have yet to be determined, but are likely to be close to Cairo.

The idea of relocating Mugamma employees was first proposed by former Minister of Local Development Mostafa Abdel Qader, who submitted a detailed memorandum on this issue to former Prime Minister Atef Ebeid. Former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif did not take any steps to implement the proposal.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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