Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s antiquities minister, who has been under fire for his ties to the Mubarak regime, will lose his job in a cabinet reshuffle intended to appease the protesters in Tahrir Square, he confirmed to The New York Times by text message on Sunday. The full details of the cabinet changes have not yet been confirmed.
Many are excited by the news due to Hawass’ controversial manner. The Atlantic reports:
The move has delighted activists who saw him as an extension of the regime’s self-interest and obsession with control. It’s also thrilled the country’s sizable archeologist and historian community, which largely saw Hawass as an underinformed control freak who used his position for self-aggrandizement at the expense of Egyptian history and culture.