Thousands of supporters of Al-Azhar’s top cleric, Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, took to the streets across Egypt’s governorates after Friday prayers, protesting against what they believe are attempts within the Islamic institution to remove the cleric from his post and Brotherhoodize the institution.
On Wednesday, the Supreme Azhar Council decided to sack Al-Azhar University President Osama al-Abd following a scandalous food poisoning case in the university's dorms, in which 500 students were hospitalized.
The decision came after mounting pressure from Al-Azhar University students, who stormed the offices of Al-Azhar’s top cleric late Tuesday and blocked the road in front of the university's dorms in Nasr City days ago.
The SAC called for the election of a new university president for the first time in the university's history, in accordance with an Al-Azhar law that was passed by the then-ruling military council in early 2012.
Mai Shams El-Din / Egypt independent