Egypt's Mursi tightens Islamist grip with governor appointments

CAIRO Sun Jun 16, 2013 6:11pm EDT

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CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi named a member of an Islamist group remembered for a bloody attack on Western tourists in the ancient city of Luxor over a decade ago as governor of that province on Sunday.

It was one of 17 gubernatorial appointments that put Islamist allies in key positions across the country as Mursi braces for protests on the first anniversary of his inauguration at the end of the month.

Seven of the new governors listed by the state news agency are members of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, which backed Mursi in elections that followed the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak in 2011, propelling him to power last year.

The newly appointed Luxor governor, Adel Mohamed al-Khayat, is a member of the Building and Development party. The party was established by Al Gamaa al-Islamiya, an Islamist group that was involved in attacks in Luxor that killed around 60 tourists in the late 90s, but later renounced violence.

In addition to the Islamists appointed, security officials were named as governors of the Suez and Red Sea provinces and near sensitive border areas.

Egypt has 27 governorates in all. Under Mubarak, top security officials held most of the posts.

Political analyst Hassan Nafaa said the appointments meant that "gradually, the Freedom and Justice Party wants to dominate the hinges of the country".

(Reporting by Ali Abdelaty and Asma Alsharif; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Comments (5)
Burns0011 wrote:
They’re acting *exactly* like Mubarak did, and Sadat before him. Put friends in power, not because they’re good or effective, but because they’ll owe you favors and you can get them to do what you want them to do.

Jun 16, 2013 8:22pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
ogobeone wrote:
It’s interesting: in Iraq President Bush kicked over a minority government and installed a “democratically” elected one although the elections were under hardly free circumstances, given the violence and anonymous lists. In Egypt President Obama gave a speech that seemed to endorse democracy there, but really put the Brotherhood in power. Perhaps those are first steps toward true democracy. But when you have a “democracy” that has no parliament because its courts keep ruling against the legitimacy of its elections, and a president who appoints regional governors, rather than allowing regions to choose them democratically, tolerance of differences goes right out the window. This is democracy that has run amok, without checks and balances.

Jun 16, 2013 8:41pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
GiMMy83 wrote:
Well these people are supported by the U.S in a very unexplained weird and unlogic behavior!!

Jun 17, 2013 4:53am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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