The development raised questions about whether Mansour’s government would, as promised, represent a broad spectrum of Egypt’s political factions or become simply a vehicle for control by the military, which had until Morsi’s election last year led the nation either directly or through a retired military officer for six decades.

Of the six new appointees announced by Mansour, three were from the military. The others were known for having never spoken out against the armed forces or the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces when it was in control of the government for 18 months after the fall of Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Meanwhile, prominent supporters of Morsi remain in military custody, while members of the so-called youth movements that were instrumental in organizing the protests that led to Mubarak’s fall two and a half years ago said they have not been consulted in the formation of Mansour’s government.