Last Update 19:46
Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Egyptian interior minister replaced as part of larger cabinet changes

Egypt's powerful interior minister replaced in a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday which saw two new cabinet portfolios introduced

Ahram Online , Thursday 5 Mar 2015
Magdi Abdel-Ghaffar
Newly-appointed interior minster Magdi Abdel-Ghaffar, left, is sworn in in front of President Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi, right, at the presidential palace in Cairo (Photo: Mohamed Samaha)
Share/Bookmark
Views: 9972
Share/Bookmark
Views: 9972

Egypt announced on Thursday a surprise cabinet reshuffle including powerful interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim, almost a week ahead of a global investment summit the country will host.

Ibrahim was reassigned to the post of security advisor to the prime minister, the presidency said in a statement. He was replaced by Major-General Magdi Abdel-Ghaffar, who served as the director of the interior ministry's National Security Apparatus, specialising in religious extremism.

Ibrahim, recently a controversial figure amid a perceived heavy security crackdown on dissent, was appointed by toppled Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. He was one of the few ministers to keep his post after Morsi's removal in July 2013, and survived an assassination bid in September of the same year.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said the purpose of the cabinet reshuffle is "to inject new blood" in the government, according to Egypt's state news agency MENA.

He told a press conference on Thursday that he expects the move to have no effect on a high-profile investment conference scheduled to take place in Sharm El-Sheikh between 13-15 March, through which Egypt seeks to lure back investors to revive its cash-strapped economy. 

The presidency also introduced two new cabinet portfolios: a ministry of state for population and another for technical education, bringing the total number of new ministers in the government to eight.

The other new ministers announced on Thursday are Salah El-Din Helal for agriculture, Abdel-Wahed El-Nabawi for culture, Moheb El-Rafie for education, Hala Mohamed Youssef for population, Khaled Ali Negm for communications, Khaled Abbas Rami for tourism and Mohamed Ahmed Yousef for technical education and training.

Human rights activists and opposition figures have been calling for Ibrahim's dismissal since the death of leftist activist Shaimaa Sabbagh during a peaceful demonstration on the eve of the fourth anniversary of the 2011 uprising.

Ibrahim's removal comes against the backdrop of a worsening security situation amid a surge in militant violence based in the border Sinai region, and mainly targeting security forces.

The attacks, which have extended to other cities including the capital cairo, have also led to civilian casualties.

On Monday, a string of bomb attacks hit the capital, killing two people outside a courthouse in central Cairo. 

Late in January, at least 30 people, mostly soldiers, were killed in a series of militant attacks against security targets in  North Sinai.

The cabinet's last reshuffle took place in June 2014, when 13 ministers were replaced, most of which were not included in Thursday's changes, save for the ministries of agriculture and culture.

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
8



Talal Halaboni
18-04-2015 05:53pm
0-
0+
History repeats itself
To whom it may concern ,Before the 2011 January's revolution the story of the so called Khaled Said activist of Alex Start to repeat itself again with the officers trial taking place now I think that some payed news paper are working on this issue pls take care not to fall in the same pit .
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
7



Abu Elezz
06-03-2015 04:40pm
0-
4+
New blood
We hope that the newly- appointed interior minister will do his best to practice his duties according to democratic laws and human rights laws which can stop violence and at the same time obtain justice for the peace of all Egyptians .
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
6



expat
05-03-2015 10:41pm
3-
0+
upps...the ever lasting zaazooo is gone?
at least now you might be needing to re-study maths again,when the ministry is telling you,that 100% of 1 is not 2,but in egypt 20... on the other hand,this poor guy was doing his real best to promote egypt during the dark age of mursi worldwide salute,Mr. Zaazoo,you did your best without even a chance
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
5



Neo
05-03-2015 08:36pm
1-
76+
No half-measures
The government’s hand was tied in dealing with the more frequent terrorist attacks in Cairo and elsewhere, be it competency issues with certain elements of the ministry of interior or worries about constant criticism from international human right advocates. The time has come now for facing national security head-on, the new Minister should spare no efforts in crushing terrorist movements with a steel fist. Whatever we do, we will have Human Right Agencies crying foul, as might as well crush the terrorists forcefully, no jail, only executions, and no half-measures. We can’t treat cancer with aspirin; swift surgical actions is what works, and is now called for!
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
4



abdulrahman
05-03-2015 07:32pm
55-
1+
Maneuvering Towards Manipulation Of Elections.
This cabinet reshuffle coincides with the suspension of the elections. The new cabinet will help pave the way for pro military candidates win most of the parliamentary seats in the elections.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
3



khan
05-03-2015 06:01pm
56-
1+
lol
sisi distroying EGYpt and making isreal colony .now Egypt going to danger zone and public suffring
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
2



Talal A Halaboni
05-03-2015 03:53pm
2-
0+
Interior minister removal
Good Job as a Start .
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
1



Arfunor
05-03-2015 03:39pm
38-
4+
Refutation
This act refutes those who claimed the last interior minister was a good man. He was not. He is a terrible person. If he was so good, why did the presidency feel the need to fire him? It is obvious that he was atrocious.
Email
 
Name
 
Comment's Title
 
Comment
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.