Opera host pulls out over Sissi award

Pretoria News - - WORLD -

DRES­DEN: One of the hosts of this year’s Dres­den Sem­per­oper Ball has pulled out in the wake of a con­tro­ver­sial de­ci­sion by the opera house to give an award to Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del-Fat­tah al-Sissi.

The opera house said it would “re­spect” the de­ci­sion by TV jour­nal­ist Ju­dith Rak­ers, who tweeted that she is still await­ing a for­mal dis­so­lu­tion of her con­tract.

Sissi was given the Or­der of St Ge­orge in Cairo on Sun­day. The 18-carat hon­our goes to peo­ple who have shown a spe­cial in­ter­est in Ger­many’s east­ern states. He is also set to at­tend the ball on Fe­bru­ary 7.

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