Mursi appoints ten new governors
Ten new provincial governors have been appointed by President Mohamed Mursi. Although the president’s office announced that all had been chosen on merit rather than political affiliation, at least three are known to be members of the Muslim Brotherhood. They have taken up governorships in Minya, Kafr el-Sheikh and Manufiya. A further three of the new governors are former army generals and their appointments are in Suez, Red Sea and North Sinai, all key areas in terms of security after militants killed 16 border guards in Sinai last month.
Egypt is divided into 27 provinces and governorships were traditionally given as a reward for service under the Mubarak regime. These appointments are seen by some as a move to strengthen President Mursi’s position as he introduces new policies. The Shura Council has also appointed a number of ultra-conservative Islamists to human rights and media councils recently.