Luxor back on agenda following FCO change

Holidaymakers are expected to flood back to Luxor over the coming weeks following a decision by the British Foreign Office (FCO) to lift advice against travel to the region.

Luxor is the centre of cruise holidays on the River Nile, with trade from international visitors hard hit by 18-days of protests against outgoing president Hosni Mubarak.

However, following Mubarak’s resignation on Friday, tension in the region has calmed dramatically.

Red Sea resorts - including Sharm-el-Sheikh and Hurghada – also remain calm, but the Foreign Office is warning the situation across Egypt remains unpredictable.

The FCO went on to add that the recommendation British nationals without a pressing need to be in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez leave by any commercial means had also been removed.

Supreme Military Council

Leaders of Egypt’s ruling Supreme Military Council – which was handed power by the ousted Mubarak - issued a new communique yesterday calling on labour leaders to prevent further strikes and protests.

In an effort to get Egyptians to return to work, days after President Hosni Mubarak was forced from office, military leaders suspended Egypt’s constitution and dissolve parliament.

A commission headed by Tarsi el-Bishri, considered one of Egypt’s top legal minds, has been charged with the task of drawing up a new constitution.

The work is expected to be completed in a matter of days.

A referendum on the new document has been promised.

Pledges were also made to turn over power in the coming months to a democratically elected government.

However, thousands of protestors remain on the streets calling for higher wages and improved conditions from the new government.