Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities Chief Submits Resignation
    2011-09-20 23:00:35     Xinhua       Web Editor: Zhangjin
General Secretary of the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities Mohamed Abdel Fattah who had been appointed to the position only one month ago, submitted his resignation Tuesday, official news agency MENA reported.

Abdel Fattah submitted the resignation to Chairman of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Hussein Tantawi, after increasing protests and strikes within the antiquities council caused the closure of its headquarters in Zamalek in the past two days.

The protesting workers asked their salaries to be increased, while Abdel Fattah saw it was yet the proper time to answer to such demands.

Abdel Fattah said he was "fed up" with such strikes, adding that he refused to be an official without powers.

Abdel Fattah was appointed as the chief of the Supreme Council of Antiquities on Aug. 18, when Prime Minister Essam Sharaf decided to shift the Antiquities from ministry to a supreme council affiliated to the cabinet.
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