Cairo, 22 August 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Charaf has appointed Mohamed Abdel Fattah as new Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA).
Mohammed Abdel Fattah was already leading the antiquity department of the SCA. He previously served as head of the Museums sectors and director of Antiquities in Upper-Egypt. So far, the response to this appointment seems to be cautiously positive, unlike the sharply negative response to the previous nomination of non-archaeologist, Abdel-Fattah El-Banna, to the same post. The announcement sparked controversy and had immediately been rescinded.
As for Hawass, he wrote on his blog that “false accusations” levelled against him. He stated: “I am now waiting for the Office of the Attorney General to finish their investigation; after this, I will be free to publish the details of these ridiculous allegations.” Hawass also declared: “I am now writing a book about the Egyptian Revolution and its effect on our antiquities. I am also getting ready to start the second part of my archaeological autobiography.”