Bestseller? MB puts out Mursi book after just 9 months in power

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After nine months in power, Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi may not yet have a great deal of achievements under his wing.

But the country’s Muslim Brotherhood thinks so.

A book has been published by the Islamist group titled “Months of achievements: President Mursi builds Egypt anew.”

The 124-page paperback has reportedly been written in retaliation to Mursi’s image being smeared by Egyptian media, author Reda al-Masry was quoted as saying by Egypt Independent on Tuesday.

And it probably won’t be Egypt’s next bestseller. The book, split into five chapters, is only being distributed to young members of the Brotherhood, an unnamed source told Egyptian newspaper al-Masry al-Youm.

In the past, Masry has written several educational articles on the Brotherhood and other Islamic websites.

“The recognition ‘Mursi gets at the popular, regional and international levels causes envious people inside Egypt to seek to tarnish his image,” Masry said.

“‘Mursi is Egypt’s first elected president, first civilian president, first bearded president and the first whose convoy does not paralyze traffic,” he added in reference to toppled president Hosni Mubarak’s earlier traffic-stopping convoy.

The book on Mursi begins by detailing the president’s political achievements, including ending military rule and retrying suspects involved in protester killings during the 2011 uprising which ousted Mubarak.

Morsi took office with his powers circumscribed by the military, then led by Mubarak's former defence minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

The Islamist -- modern Egypt's first civilian leader -- sacked Tantawi after a militant attack in August killed 16 soldiers at a border outpost, seizing on discontent within the military to purge commanders whose loyalties were in doubt, one of his aides said at the time.

Meanwhile, the book goes on to highlight Mursi’s dismissal of former Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud as an achievement, citing Mahmoud’s “failure” to bring suspects in the protester killings trial to justice.

“He is the first to allow a veiled female presenter to appear on TV in 52 years and the first president whose son gets less than 90 percent in Thanaweya Amma (High School),” Masry said.

“He is also the first Arab civilian president to challenge the military and the first Arab president to sue his enemies.”

On the foreign policy front, the book also applauded “support for Gaza and the fact that Israel lost 2.5 billion shekels because of the Palestinian resistance rockets,” Egypt Independent reported.

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