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Egypt’s President replaces half of governors

June 17, 2013, 14:23 UTC+3

As stated today by representatives of the Egyptian opposition, "this is the last nail in the coffin of the regime"

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Mohammed Mursi, EPA/ITAR-TASS

Mohammed Mursi, EPA/ITAR-TASS

CAIRO, June 17. /ITAR-TASS reporter Dina Pyanykh /. Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi has appointed 17 new governors. According to local press today, eight of the 27 provinces of the country will lead the Islamists, including the representative of the former extremist group. Five administrative units will be under control of army generals, three heads are independent politicians, another one represents a liberal party.

The largest outrage among the population of the country has caused the personality of the new governor of the province of Luxor, where in 1997 58 foreign tourists were shot at the Temple of Hatshepsut. He comes from the group "al-Gama'a al-Islamiya" responsible for this bloody act of terrorism that stirred up the whole world, and now he has received the reins of government in the province. Adel al-Asad Muhammad Hayat, one of the heads of Creation and Development, the political branch of the named group, will replace on this duty Izzat Saad, which once was head of Egypt's embassy in Moscow. Luxor residents have come out on strike, saying that "this appointment is equivalent to a new slaughterhouse."

Extremely dissatisfied with the new provincial governors and residents Dakahlia, Damietta, Ismailia, Menofia. The youth movement "April 6" has already stated they will rise a human shield in the way of the new governor of Menofia.

According to analysts, appointing military to the posts that under former President Hosni Mubarak were held exclusively by people from the army, Mursi "attempted to please somehow the army". " But all these governors will take office only until June 30, when a wave of anti-presidential demonstrations would rise,” says former MP. Experts believe that Mursi, appointing Islamists in key provinces of the country, although the reshuffle was planned already in April, is trying to gain their support before June 30, realizing that his position in the country is very shaky. As stated today by representatives of the Egyptian opposition, "this is the last nail in the coffin of the regime."

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