CAIRO — Clashes erupted in nine Egyptian provinces and an influential tourism lobby threatened to shut its doors as outrage escalated over President Mohammed Morsi’s latest appointment of Islamists to key positions.
Discontent with Morsi, who marks a year in power at the end of the month, is building up as critics plan mass protests on June 30 to call for early elections. They accuse him of failing to revive the economy while putting the interests of his Muslim Brotherhood allies ahead of the nation’s good.
Morsi’s appointment of eight Islamists as provincial governors this week touched off a wave of protests that continued Thursday. Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou resigned Wednesday because one of the new governors belongs to a group linked to a deadly attack on a tourist site.
In Gharbiya province on Thursday, opposition groups surrounded a local state council office, denying the new governor access, the state-run Ahram Gate website reported.
Morsi supporters and opponents clashed overnight in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura in Daqahliya province, while at least 25 were hurt in fighting in Kafr El-Sheik province, according to Ahram Gate.