Analysis: appointment of opposition youth as deputy governors unprecedented

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Wed, 27 Nov 2019 - 08:37 GMT

As newly appointed governors and deputy governors were sworn in on Wednesday, the Egyptian state has made a historic step as it has appointed political youth from opposition parties in senior executive positions - Press photo

As newly appointed governors and deputy governors were sworn in on Wednesday, the Egyptian state has made a historic step as it has appointed political youth from opposition parties in senior executive positions - Press photo

CAIRO – 27 November 2019: As newly appointed governors and deputy governors were sworn in on Wednesday, the Egyptian state has made a historic step as it has appointed political youth from opposition parties in senior executive positions.

The movement to appoint youth as deputy governors has been carefully planned for months, as the political leadership has deliberately selected young politicians from opposition parties belonging to different currents of thought. It also selected young people from the Presidential Program for the Rehabilitation of Youth for Leadership PLP.



Many hard-working young people in the community who have long proposed ideas to improve the performance of the government in many economic, political and social issues were selected.

The step comes in line with efforts to provide adequate representation of young people in high-level posts, including also in the Egyptian parliament, in order to benefit from creative way of thinking and their untraditional proposals to solve current national challenges.



Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Wednesday said in a press conference that for the first time ten youth from political parties were appointed to serve in executive positions.

Sixteen newly appointed governors, and thirteen deputies sworn in on Wednesday morning at al-Ittihadiya Presidential Palace, sources told Egypt Today, ahead of an expected ministerial reshuffle.



The sources revealed that the newly appointed governors and deputies have different political backgrounds, among them prominent youths from opposition parties.

President Sisi met with the newly-appointed officials and told them that the state has given them the chance to implement their ideas as young people, Madbouly said, adding that they will meet with the president after few months for the second time.

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The move marks a debut in appointing youth from opposition parties and the Coordination Committee of Party's Youth Leaders and Politicians (CPYP) in Egypt since a long time, aiming to integrate youth in executive work and “the state-building efforts”.

Sources affirmed that this move to assign young people to senior posts as governors’ deputies took months of “careful planning.” The selection combined young politicians from opposition parties who belong to different currents along with other politicians who graduated from the Presidential Program for the Rehabilitation of Youth for Leadership (PLP).

Sources described the appointments as “pumping young blood into the summit of the executive pyramid of the state,” adding that the step would maximize the benefit of diverse political opinions within the Egyptian state.



“The appointment of new youths and cadres emphasizes the importance of their role in the Egyptian government, and indicates that they [youth] should be represented appropriately at both of the parliament and senate,” sources affirmed.

According to sources, pumping young blood at the top of the executive pyramid of the state through young people, some of which belong to opposition parties from the coordination of youth parties, politicians and cadres of the youth academy, consolidates the state of diversity and dialogue within the executive organs of the State.



The development of the appointment of youth to be deputies of the governors from the coordination of youth parties and politicians coincides with the step of increasing the emphasis on providing adequate representation of young people in the two chambers of the Egyptian parliament.

Observers further affirmed that the Egyptian state opens the door for young people to play the largest role in its history in the executive branch in parallel with providing them with an unprecedented space in the legislature.

Inaugurated in 2017, by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, the PLP is considered Egypt’s special aura of interest towards youths and their role in developing the country and society, as it qualifies them for leadership and decision making.


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