Egyptian President Morsi expands Islamist rule with key governor appointments

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has appointed several of his Islamist allies to key governing posts.

Political analysts see the appointments as a blunt expansion of Muslim Brotherhood powers of influence on the government. The Brotherhood and friends of the group control 13 of the nation’s 27 governorships, BBC reported.

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The most significant appointment, BBC said, is for Luxor. That’s a hot tourist spot, and its new governor, Adel al-Khayat, belongs to the radical party Gamaa Islamiya, which was responsible for the 1997 massacre of 60 tourists there, BBC reported.

That group has since renounced violence, BBC reported.

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