Last Updated: Wed Aug 22, 2012 13:16 pm (KSA) 10:16 am (GMT)

Egypt’s Mursi appoints Christian man, two women for his cabinet

Rise of Islmaists to power in Egypt raised concerns that minorities and women might lose access to senior positions in government. (Reuters)
Rise of Islmaists to power in Egypt raised concerns that minorities and women might lose access to senior positions in government. (Reuters)

A Christian man and two women are among the new advisers appointed to Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi’s cabinet, a spokesman for the presidency said Tuesday.

The spokesman said that Samir Morcos, a Coptic intellectual, as well as academic Pakinam el-Sharkawi and writer Sukaina Fuad would become aides to the president. Saif AbdelFattah, a professor of political science, will also join Mursi's team as an adviser.

With the recent appointments, Mursi has fulfilled a promise he made in his campaign to pick a Christian and a woman as part of his cabinet

When his Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated party was elected to power earlier this year, there were fears the Islamist movement’s beliefs would restrict power from minorities and women.

Mursi’s spokesman, Yassir Ali, said the rest of the cabinet would be announced prior to Mursi’s upcoming visit to China, schedule for Aug. 27. He added that new members would be picked for the cabinet after consulting with different political factions in the country.

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