Morsi ups Islamist grip with gubernatorial appointments

June 17, 2013 01:49

CAIRO - Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi 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 Morsi 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 Morsi 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.

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