Surprise: Morsi increases Islamist presence in cabinet
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi rebuilt his cabinet Sunday, replacing 10 ministers and amplifying the Islamist presence in the government. The move, in which at least three Islamists were appointed to head major economic files, comes a day ahead of a planned visit by the International Monetary Fund to discuss an impending $4.8 billion loan.
The shakeup also marked the latest in a series of appointments and forced resignations that have rattled Egypt’s government in the two years of political turmoil since a popular uprising ousted former president Hosni Mubarak. Morsi, as well as the transitional leaders who ruled before his June election, have used past cabinet shuffles as a means to assuage popular frustration over the slow pace of economic and political reforms…
Mohamed Adel, a leader in the opposition 6th of April youth movement said in a statement Sunday that Morsi’s administration had failed to consult opposition parties on the moves , and that the Muslim Brotherhood would bear responsibility for any bad policies to come.