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Egypt: Military Rulers Move toward Democracy

Egypt's temporary leaders reach out to public by taking more steps toward democracy.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 2/23/2011, 8:26 PM / Last Update: 2/23/2011, 9:56 PM

Egypt's temporary military leaders appear to be taking steps toward reform, and continue to assure their public that they will seek a speedy transition to civilian rule. Among other actions, they have appointed a member of the opposition as a minister, and have eliminated the position of Information Minister.

Mounir Abdel Nour of the opposition party Wafd has been appointed Tourism Minister. Nour said he hopes to get tourism back to its levels before the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

He began his stay in office by reopening the Egypt Museum, allowing those few tourists who have remained in Egypt despite the recent massive protests to see the many ancient Egyptian artifacts on display. The museum was heavily damaged during riots when it was looted by mobs, as were many other historic sites.

The interim government has chosen not to replace the Minister of Information, a job associated with censorship and government propaganda.

It has pledged to honor those who died in clashes with Mubarak's forces by naming streets after them.

Leaders in the interim government met this week with foreign leaders. They asked governments worldwide to freeze Mubarak's assets and those of his family, in order to prevent the former leader from making off with national assets.