Egypt appoints 17 governors, including 8 Islamists

CAIRO — Egypt’s president appointed 17 new provincial governors Sunday, including seven members of his Muslim Brotherhood, adding to its already considerable power in the legislative and executive branches.

Mohammed Morsi’s appointments come before the June 30 anniversary of his taking office, when the liberal and secular Egyptian opposition plans mass demonstrations.

Besides the new Brotherhood governors, the appointment of Adel el-Khayat, a member of the political arm of Gamaa Islamiya, a former Islamic militant group, drew attention. He will rule Luxor, a key tourist site.


In 1997, his group claimed responsibility for what became known as Luxor massacre, when 58 tourists and four Egyptians were killed at the Temple of Hatshepsut outside Luxor. Since then, the city has seen Islamists as a threat to their tourist income.

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Gamaa Islamiya later renounced violence and turned to politics. The party is a key ally of Morsi, and its leaders have threatened an ‘‘Islamic revolution’’ if liberals try to unseat the Islamist president.

The appointments mean the Brotherhood controls governorships in 10 of the nation’s 27 provinces, allowing it to further consolidate power, as governors play an influential role in planning for elections.

Associated Press