Mubarak rejects resignation of culture minister
Egypt, Politics, 9/19/2005
News reports in Cairo said that the Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak refused to accept the resignation of the minister of culture Farouk Hosni and decided to keep him in his post.
In a press conference in Cairo, the minister said he wanted, by giving his resignation, to hold himself the only responsible party for the fire which erupted in the cultural center in Bani Sweif, adding that continuing his post does not exempt him from his responsibility about the incident. He stressed he will collaborate with the committee in charge of investigating this incident.
Farouk Hosni submitted his resignation to President Mubarak after strong demands for his resignation by several Egyptian intellectuals who accused him of negligence that led to the fire.
Worthy mentioning that some 50 persons were killed in a fire that erupted in a theatre inside the culture palace of Bani Sweif south of Cairo on September 6th killing several Egyptian intellectuals and critics in the theatre area. The incident raised deep sadness in the circles of the Egyptian intellectuals. It also raised a wave of strong criticism for Farouk Hosni in the Egyptian papers and many of them asked him to submit his resignation and criticized that he stayed for such a long time in his post.
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