U.S. media is reporting that the Egyptian President has installed four leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood as provincial governors and installed seven Islamist to the top human rights body. According to a Huffington Post report:
September 4, 2012 05:00 CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist leadership took a new move Tuesday to put its stamp on the country’s government, appointing members of the fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood as provincial governors and installing ultraconservatives and other Islamists in the state’s top human rights body and a powerful media council. The shake-up was the latest step by President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood to reshape state institutions that were long the monopoly of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, his ruling party and the military that backed him. Supporters have praised the moves as part of a drive to cleanse the system of Mubarak loyalists after Morsi was inaugurated in late June as the country’s first freely elected president. But the heavy infusion of Islamists into government institutions has raised fears of Brotherhood domination monopolizing power as much as Mubarak did and moving Egypt into a more religious rule. The governorships of Egypt’s 27 provinces have long been prime posts for solidifying the president’s power. The governors are appointed by the president and generally implement his policies. Under Mubarak, the positions went to retired military generals or ruling party loyalists. On Tuesday, Morsi’s office announced 10 new governors. Four of the new names are leading members of the Brotherhood, taking the posts in the southern provinces of Minya and Assiout – two areas with heavy Christian populations – and the Nile Delta provinces of Kafr el-Sheikh and Menoufia, a stronghold of former regime supporters. In a gesture to Egypt’s still powerful military, three of the new governors are retired generals.
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A post from Monday reported on the first appearance of a veiled news anchor on Egyptian state television.
A post from earlier this month reported on efforts by the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to control the nation’s media.
For a report on the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood “s efforts to take over the nation’s media, go here.