Egypt Independent

Morsy’s son rejects airports company job amid criticism



The president’s son said he would not take a job offered to him in the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation, after critics accused the company of nepotism.

Omar Morsy posted on his Facebook profile, saying, “I applied for the job tests knowing I would be attacked, and I would face rumors and lies, the way they faced my father and my family since he took office.”

Anti-Morsy figures had criticized the president’s son, accusing him of getting a job worth LE35,000 to LE40,000 per month, despite not being a skilled graduate.

But Omar Morsy — who has been active on social media, defending his father’s policies — denied reports that his salary was that high, saying it is only LE900 per month.

“The question remains, how can I get a job in my beloved Egypt?” the president’s son wondered.

The news about the possible appointment of Morsy’s son, who graduated last year with a bachelor’s degree in commerce, provoked angry reactions and criticism. Demonstrators who held master’s degrees and PhDs demonstrated in front of the Freedom and Justice Party headquarters Sunday over Omar Morsy’s appointment for the post.

The prosecutor general on Sunday referred a complaint filed against the president and other top government officials to the State Funds Prosecution for Investigations to check the legality of the appointment of the president’s son to a Civil Aviation Ministry position, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

The complaint was filed against President Morsy, Prime Minister Hesham Qandil, Civil Aviation Minister Wael al-Maddawy and Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation chief Magdy Abdel Hady. It also called for Maddawy and Abdel Hady’s dismissal, in addition to the investigation.

The complaint said the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation appointed Morsy’s son Omar and nine other people, according to an internal announcement, even though Omar Morsy had obtained his bachelor’s degree in commerce last year without performing military service.

The decision to appoint Morsy’s son is unconstitutional, the report said, because it discriminates unfairly against citizens and smears the image of Egypt and its president, since international news agencies circulated the news.

Maddawy said he was surprised the president’s son had applied for what he called a modest post, and that he had not yet been appointed for the position.

During a phone call with Al-Hayat 2 satellite channel Saturday, Maddawy said Omar Morsy came to the company to visit a friend when he saw the internal announcement about the post, which offered a salary of LE1,200, including allowances.

He said the president’s office hadn’t talked about the issue yet, and that the media approach to the issue embarrassed him. He said he thought appointing the president’s son for such a simple position would mean victory for the revolution.