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Egypt's interior minister is not quitting: MENA

Unnamed security source refutes private media claims that interior minister resigned following alleged pressure from the Muslim Brotherhood to fire police officers

Ahram Online, Monday 23 Jul 2012
Mohamed Ibrahim
Minister of interior Mohamed Ibrahim (Photo: Al-Ahram archive)
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An unnamed "high profile" security source has denied to state-run news agency MENA recent media reports that Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim resigned in protest of interference from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tahrir, the private Egyptian daily, on Monday published claims that Prime Minister Kamal El-Ganzouri had accepted Ibrahim's resignation but asked the minister to stay in his post until the formation of the new government.

The Brotherhood had allegedly called on Ibrahim to relieve a large number of Mubarak-era police officers from their duties. Tahrir newspaper stated that Ibrahim consequently handed in his notice.

"This news is completely baseless," the senior security official told MENA.  "The interior minister is currently working [as usual] at his office."

President Mohamed Morsi is expected to pick his prime minister in the next few weeks; both will then form a new government.

The incumbent cabinet, headed up by El-Ganzouri, was appointed by the military council on 25 November last year.

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