CAIRO: Security forces guarding the new headquarters of the Interior Ministry have been reduced to 300 after President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi criticized the “high cost” of deploying 1,000 guards during the inauguration last week.
There old headquarters will remain under the control of the police, and there are plans to include it in the list of monuments of the Antiquities Ministry, Assistant to the Interior Minister Abou Bakr Abdel Kerim told ON TV Sunday.
Sisi rebuked Wednesday Minister of Interior Magdy Abdel Ghaffar and Prime Minister Sherif Ismail over the security measures for the new headquarters.
“Making people stand more than 24 hours to secure … That is an old thing and costs millions of pounds per year for (providing) food, clothes, and medical treatment,”
Sisi said during the inauguration of the new headquarters at the New Cairo-based Police Academy.
The Interior Ministry in downtown Cairo was established in 1805. Mohamed Mahmoud Street near the building witnessed violent clashes for several days between protesters and the police in 2011 and 2012.