Minister of Culture Farouq Hosni fired?

Rumor is right now that Farouq Al Hosni, the painter turned Minister of Culture who is rumored to be a close friend and protege of Egypt's first lady Suzanne Mubarak, has resigned.

This comes in response to a barrage of assault on him after a fire in Beni Suef that killed more than 40 people last week. Intellectuals, artists and actors have waged a campaign against Hosni (one of many) since the fire took place, saying that he underfunded theaters, which led to safety budget cuts.

I don't have this 100% confirmed for now, so stay tuned.
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Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region, www.arabist.net.