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Egypt appoints 9 ministers in limited reshuffle

Mohammed Morsi’s office spoke of injecting new blood.
Mohammed Morsi’s office spoke of injecting new blood.Maya Alleruzzo/AP/File 2012

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CAIRO (AP) — Nine new Egyptian ministers joined President Mohammed Morsi’s Cabinet on Tuesday, including three members of his Muslim Brotherhood, in a reshuffle that officials said was aimed at addressing the country’s financial woes and securing a much-needed international loan.

Morsi supporters claim he wants to reach out to other political blocs, yet the Cabinet reshuffle is unlikely to ease Egypt’s political polarization. The opposition complained that they were not consulted on the appointments, and said they would only further the ‘‘Brotherhood-ization’’ of Morsi’s government. Two of the nine new ministers hail from the Brotherhood political party.

The latest reshuffle — the second since Morsi took office in June of last year — increases to 11 the number of Brotherhood members in key posts in the 36-seat Cabinet.

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