Egypt's top Sunni targeted as Mubarak 'apologist'

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CAIRO — The theological seat of Sunni Islam has been rocked by a reform campaign that ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s Al Azhar University, regarded as the official theological center of Sunni Muslims, has been enswirled in a drive by reformers to oust its grand sheik. The sheik, Ahmed Al Tayib, has been warned to resign and the Sunni cleric was barred from his office in Al Azhar.

The opposition, which has been holding demonstrations, said that the sheik allowed hundreds of plainclothes security officers to attend Al Azhar in a regime drive to monitor dissent.

“Al Tayib was one of the biggest apologists for the Mubarak regime and he cannot stay in his position,” an Al Azhar opposition cleric said.

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