CAIRO: Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim denied in Monday statements to Youm7 rumors suggesting he resigned, saying “I continue with fulfilling my duties.”
Ibrahim added that he has been present at his office since the early morning to follow up on the security situation in Egypt, and that he has held meetings with his asssitants on the government plan to secure Russian President Faldimir Putin. The Russian leader is scheduled to arrive in Egypt Monday in a two-day visit.
Police spokesperson Hani Abdel Latif also described the news on Ibrahim’s resignation as “unfounded,” in statements to The Cairo Post.
News outlets reported this morning that Ibrahim submitted his resignation in the wake of the death of dozens of football fans Sunday evening in Cairo. The deaths mainly resulted from stampede and tear gas inhalation amid attempts to “forcibly” access the Air Force Stadium, security sources told Youm7.
The incidents perceded a Premier League match between Zamalek and Enbi, triggering backlash on social media against security forces. Social media users likened the accident to 2012 incidents that killed 72 people in a football match in Port Said.