Morsi appoints Islamists, generals

2012-09-05 21:20

Cairo - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has appointed members of the Muslim Brotherhood as provincial governors, in an attempt to rid state bodies of former regime members, state media reported on Wednesday.

In the first appointment of new governors since Morsi came to power after a popular uprising overthrew Hosni Mubarak, the president appointed 10 new governors, half of whom are Islamists.

The move could raise fears among some segments of society of an extension of the Islamists' reach since the uprising that saw Islamist movements thrust to the forefront of politics after being banned for decades.

Morsi, who was himself a long-time senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood until his election in June, appointed five members of the group as governors of Cairo, the Nile Delta provinces of Kafr el-Sheikh and Menufiya, and the central provinces of Minya and Assiut.

Osama Kamal, a prominent member of the Muslim Brotherhood, former head of Banha University and deputy of the engineers' syndicate, has become the new Cairo governor, a member of the Brotherhood said.

Morsi named Abdelfatah Harhur, a former military police general, to govern the lawless North Sinai region, where Islamist militants have flourished.

A military general was also appointed in the Red Sea governorate and a former police general to Suez province.

Local press quoted Morsi's spokesperson Yassir Ali as saying the governors were chosen based on their competence, without mentioning party affiliations.

Under Mubarak, top security officials were generally appointed to head Egypt's 27 governorates.

  • tabib.asnan.3 - 2012-09-05 21:36

    What is this word "Islamist"? This is such poor English and it is derogatory to muslims. One who is ill doesn't go to a medicinist. When one is hungry they do not go to a foodist. In my most humble opinion, one who doesn't even know how to refer to muslims and Islam is unqualified to report on the above. Peace.

      Madhi - 2012-09-05 22:11

      100% correct, it indicates and attitude issue than anything else.

      Gareth.S.Hall - 2012-09-06 05:28

      Why aren't the Buddhists complaining? It's clear that you don't understand what the 'ist' indicates and really shouldn't be commenting then on English comprehension. It saddens me that the persecution complex is so deeply embedded into the Muslim Culture, it does not bode well for peace. Oh, and this might help you see the light:

      erich.goosen - 2012-09-06 08:14

      Call a rose by any name......

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-06 10:24

      There are religionists viz the term Islamist, somebody that uses religion for his own political ends.

  • alex.nkosi.39 - 2012-09-06 11:28

    Well done mr president morsi, its the begining of new era for egyptian people and the entire middle east.we hope that a complete transformation would be happen in the coming few years.

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