Egypt university head sacked after Brotherhood accusations

CAIRO – Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour on Sunday fired head of Port Said University Emad Khedr after professors staged a protest against him over his alleged affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood.

A number of university teaching staff staged a sit-in outside the Port Said University Club last week to call for sacking Khedr, accusing him of belonging to the Brotherhood, which was declared a "terrorist" movement by the authorities late last year.

They also questioned the integrity of the 2011 elections through which he came to office.

The presidency's statement did not outline the reasons behind the dismissal decision, and it did not include the appointment of another university president either.

The presidency issued a clarification later in which it said firing Khedr came to enforce a previous ruling by the Administrative Court that revoked his appointment as the president of Port Said University.

Deans of the university's faculties, however, issued a statement in which they expressed support for Khedr, saying the latter elected according to the law.

The deans said there are only 20 opponents of the president of the university, whereas there is a total of 4,000 teaching and administrative staff in the academy.

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took over after the downfall of Hosni Mubarak's regime in early 2011, appointed Khedr following internal university elections.

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