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Egyptian parties demand resignation of interior minister

A number of Egyptian political parties have expressed their opposition to the reappointment of Mohamed Ibrahim as the Minister of Interior in the new cabinet, saying that replacing him is a "national demand".

On Saturday, Egyptian state television announced that the second military-installed government will be sworn in today before the interim president Adly Mansour.

Mehleb, the former Housing Minister in the outgoing cabinet, kept the Minister of Interior as well as most of the ministers in the previous cabinet in their posts, including the ministers of Foreign Affairs and Information.

However, a number of pro-coup Egyptian parties including the Dostour and the Egyptian Social Democratic parties called for the resignation of Ibrahim and restructuring the ministry of interior, deeming this a "national demand".

In a joint statement, the parties said "the Ministry of Interior has become incapable of the growing security challenges. The escalation of terrorism exposed the weakness of security agencies."

Moreover, the statement added that citizens have lost trust in the ministry after the torture testimonies recently revealed.

The statement added that the continued immunity enjoyed by the Ministry of Interior "will only lead to heightened popular discontent and a social environment conducive to the growth of terrorism."

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