Morsy hires women, Christians as aides in nod to diversity

August 27, 2012 23:02


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CAIRO - Egypt's President Mohamed Morsy appointed three women and two Christians to his team of 21 aides, spokesman Yasser Ali said on Monday, a nod to diversity from a man who chose as many male non-Christians for cabinet as ousted predecessor Hosni Mubarak.

Morsy, Egypt's first freely elected president, promised at the time of his election in June that women and Christians would have a place in his presidential team.

Christians make up a tenth of Egypt's 82 million Sunni-Muslim majority and have long complained of discrimination in government and religious jobs under Mubarak who was overthrown in a popular uprising last year.

Women also say they are not fairly represented in parliament and government. During Mubarak's three decades in power, women and Christians were only ever given three ministerial posts at most. Morsy has picked two women and one Christian as ministers.

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