Egypt interior minister replaced in reshuffle

Egypt`s presidency said on Thursday Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, who spearheaded a deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, had been replaced in a cabinet purge.

AFP| Last Updated: Mar 05, 2015, 20:12 PM IST

Cairo: Egypt`s presidency said on Thursday Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, who spearheaded a deadly crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, had been replaced in a cabinet purge.

The removal of Ibrahim, who was appointed by Morsi, follows mounting criticism of the failure of security forces to prevent militant attacks that have surged since the Islamist leader`s ouster in 2013.

Ibrahim himself survived an assassination attempt in September 2013 while on way to his office in the capital.

He was replaced by Magdy Mohamed Abdel Hamid Abdel Ghaffar, who previously served in the state security apparatus.

Also dropped from the cabinet were the ministers for agriculture, education, communication, culture and tourism.

The presidency also introduced a ministry of state for population and one for technical education.

The new ministers were sworn in by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, his office said.