CAIRO: Outgoing head of Al-Azhar University Abdel Hayy Azab was temporarily replaced with his oldest deputy Ibrahim al-Hudhud after an appeal by Abdel Hayy to extend his service he is 65 years old was rejected.
Al-Azhar Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb accepted Azab’s resignation and will later appoint a permanent head of the university.
Azab was appointed in October 2014 after former head of the university Osama al-Abd retired at the legal age of 60. His lawsuit before the Egyptian judiciary on allowing him to retire at 65 has been rejected.
Having assumed his post during violence inside the university due to protests by pro-Muslim Brotherhood students, he expelled hundreds of students over sabotage.
Of his controversial decision was to appoint his wife, Professor Mohga Ghaleb, as the advisor of the university’s head after she reached the retirement age.
Azab graduated in the Faculty of Sharia and Law in 1976, becoming the dean of the Islamic Studies Faculty in Sharqia then in Beni Suef from 2006 to 20011.