Opera head sacked under Morsi is Egypt's culture minister

July 15, 2013 18:43

CAIRO - The former head of the Cairo opera, who was sacked by ousted President Mohamed Morsi's Islamist government, has been named Egypt's new culture minister by the country's new military rulers.

Ines Abdel Dayem was fired as head of the Cairo Opera House by Morsi's culture minister in May.Her sacking, along with an Islamist parliamentarian's call for a ban on ballet, prompted performers and cultural figures to stage a sit-in at the culture ministry lasting several weeks.

Dayem, a French-educated flautist, announced on Monday that she had accepted the post of culture minister in the interim government being set up by Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi.

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