CAIRO -- Egyptian revolutionary as well as Islamist groups voiced
concern Tuesday that the the interim president's appointments of new
governors include too many army and police officers, raising fears
among critics that the deposed regime of longtime autocrat Hosni
Mubarak is making a comeback.
The revolutionaries and Islamists are bitter rivals, but voiced
similar condemnations of the appointments, which saw a total of 12
military and police officials secure posts in Egypt's 27 provinces.
Many of these officials and others served in key posts during
Mubarak's three decades in power. Ten governors hail from the
military, and two from the police. Two deputy governors are police
Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour swore in the new
governors, removing all 10 of ousted President Mohammed Morsi's
Muslim Brotherhood appointees, though many had already left their
posts to join Cairo protests against the new military-backed
government. The Brotherhood is rejecting talks with the new
government, much less participation in the post-Morsi transition.
Supporters of Mr. Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected and
civilian president, who was overthrown by the military July 3, say
the new governorships are evidence that top security officials seek
to keep power in the hands of military generals. They point to the
removal of Mr. Morsi as further evidence. Mr. Morsi was toppled
after millions of Egyptians demanded that he step down for what they
saw as his failure to govern inclusively and manage the economy
after years of autocracy and corruption under Mubarak. Many accused
Mr. Morsi of acting only on behalf of his Brotherhood group.
The activist group Tamarod, which led mass demonstrations across
the country against Mr. Morsi just days before his removal, said the
governorship appointments do not express the goals of Egypt's 2011
revolution that toppled Mubarak. Tamarod spokesman Hassan Shaheen
was quoted on the state-run Ahram news website as saying former
Mubarak-era officials should not be named to such posts because they
were already proven to be incompetent, corrupt and inefficient.
On the same website, the Strong Egypt Party of former Brotherhood
leader Abdel-Moneim Abolfotoh called the new appointments a step
toward "militarization" of the state.
The shake-up came as Morsi supporters reinforced their 6-week-
old sit-ins in the capital and rallied for more protests across the
nation to demand his reinstatement.
The spokesman of the ultraconservative Islamist Watan Party, a
sharp critic of Mr. Morsi's ouster, warned that the selection of
governors pushes Egypt back to how it was when the country's
presidents hailed from the military, including Mubarak.
"What I understood now is that liberalism in Egypt means riding a
tank behind a soldier to steal the state," Yousri Hammad said in a
Facebook post. …