Qena protesters end sit-in after governor’s suspension

Protesters in Qena have ended a sit-in they have staged for more than a week, demanding the removal of their newly-appointed governor.

They ended their sit-in in the Upper Egyptian governorate after Prime Minister Essam Sharaf decided to suspend Governor Emad Mikhail, a Christian, for three months.

The protesters, who demanded Mikhail be replaced with a Muslim governor, called upon Sharaf to "show gratitude" and attend a million-man protest they intend to organize Friday.

A number of Qena protesters have said they do not object to Mikhail because of his religion and instead accuse him of involvement in killing pro-democracy protesters during the 25 January revolution.

Train movement, previously blocked by the protesters, has also resumed.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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