Salafist Nour Party turns down Egypt governor posts

Ahram Online, Tuesday 13 Aug 2013

Arguing against any monopolgy of government - including by Egypt's current 'non-elected faction' - Salafist Nour Party will reject any posts offered during interim period

Al-Nour party's spokesman Sherif Taha

The Salafist Nour Party has turned down offers from Egypt's interim presidential office to take posts in the governor reshuffle.

"The Nour Party refused to accept any political or executive posts in the current phase," Nour Party spokesman Sherif Taha told Al-Ahram's Arabic news site.

Egypt's Interim President Adly Mansour is expected to replace 20 of the 27 governors and name 11 deputy-governors on Tuesday.

In mid-June, days before he was ousted, then-president Mohamed Morsi appointed 17 governors - 11 of them Brotherhood supporters - to head local governments. These appointments triggered nationwide controversy as Morsi critics charged that the move came as part of his attempt to "Brotherhoodise" the state apparatus.

The names of those tapped for governorship will not be revealed until they are sworn in, Taha reveals, adding that he expects an exclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood from the reshuffle, since the interim government and Brotherhood have not yet reconciled and agreed on an inclusive government. 

Egypt's interim cabinet, formed following the removal of Mohamed Morsi, does not contain any Islamist-oriented figures. The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists turned down all offers for cabinet positions, refusing to recognise the interim government.

After mass protests for his ouster, president Mohamed Morsi was deposed by the military on 3 July and the Brotherhood and their allies have since been decrying the move as a "coup" and protesting for his reinstatement.

"In the past, the Nour Party opposed [the idea of] one faction dominating the regime, and even more so dominance by a non-elected faction," argues Taha.

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