August 28, 2012

Morsi's Cabinet: Cronies and Islamists

Issandr El Amrani, The Arabist

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The new team of assistants and advisors appointed by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (see links below) can be criticized on many grounds: it is mostly composed of Islamists, and the reasons for various people being in these positions — or what exact powers these positions come with — are rather uncertain. While there are some good people there, one gets the impression that the council of advisors is there mostly to reward loyalist and political partners and give a few token positions to "frenemies" from across the ideological aisle.

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TAGGED: Islamists, Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt, Mohamed Morsi


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