Minister behind crackdown removed as Egypt battles militants

Egypt's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim was replaced following mounting criticism of the failure of security forces to prevent militant attacksThe Egyptian government minister who spearheaded a bloody post-revolt crackdown was replaced in a cabinet reshuffle on Thursday as the security forces struggle to curb Islamist attacks. The removal of Mohamed Ibrahim, who had been appointed interior minister by now ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and survived an assassination attempt in 2013, follows mounting concern over a surge in deadly militancy. The presidency announced the 61-year-old was being reassigned to the post of deputy prime minister, in a move just days before an international conference Cairo is organising to attract investment. Ibrahim was replaced by Magdy Abdel Ghaffar, a 62-year-old who headed the Department of National Security for one year until 2012.

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