Across Egypt’s capital, parts of the state’s mammoth bureaucracy are clicking into gear after the army toppled President Mohamed Mursi and drove his Muslim Brotherhood from power last week.
That’s evidence, the Brotherhood says, of a plot by Egypt’s “deep state” to deprive Islamists of any real chance to rule or to reform systems installed by deposed leader Hosni Mubarak.
The foreign ministry, sidelined under Mursi, is retaking charge of diplomacy. State newspapers and TV again march in lock step with the official line after months of fitful dissent.
While the 2011 revolt against Mubarak all but banished his once-feared police from the streets of downtown Cairo, this round of unrest seems to have emboldened some to come back.
This is not to say the vast network of ministries, agencies and authorities that underpins the Egyptian state is operating with anything approaching efficiency - or that the country’s severe economic and political problems are close to being fixed.
But for Brotherhood members embittered by what they call a coup against Egypt’s first freely elected president, it confirms what they have been saying for months: officialdom, riddled with Mubarak-era holdovers, obstructed all its attempts to govern.
The increased deployment of police in some areas and the abrupt end to a fuel crisis a few days after Mursi’s overthrow showed the bureaucracy “did not want to function under the new leadership,” Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said.
“When that leadership was thrown out by the military, well, now they can function again,” he said.
The Islamist group’s members also say parts of the state apparatus actively mobilized against them as anti-Mursi protests picked up, denying their opponents’ accusations that they were taking over, or “Brotherhoodising,” official institutions.
“Dr. Mursi faced a fierce media campaign: ‘no to the Brotherhoodisation of the state’. Now, we as a nation find it was a lie, from A to Z,” said Bassem Ouda, the minister of supplies under Mursi, and a Brotherhood member, speaking to Reuters at a vigil held near Cairo University.
Reflecting on his last days at the ministry, Ouda blamed country-wide fuel shortages days before anti-Mursi protests on a mixture of panic buying and what he described as a conspiracy hatched by security agencies and other parties resistant to Brotherhood rule, or what he called the “deep state.”
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