Egyptian Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim asked on Sunday for discarding the police from the "political equation" so that it does its part in maintaining security.
"The police has nothing to do with political conflicts between the government and the opposition," Ibrahim said at a press conference, aired on AlJazeera channel.
The Interior Minister denounced the media attack on his ministry, pointing out that it adversely affects the performance of the police, asking, "If the police were to withdraw, what are you going to do?"
"The Armed Forces cannot play the role of the police in maintaining security in the event of withdrawal of the police," Ibrahim said adding that their role lies in fighting, not maintaining security.
Regarding the strikes of members of the Central Security Forces, the minister said that they took to the streets after the uprising and that they are exposed to high levels of psychological pressure and are being attacked by all kinds of weapons whereas they are only armed with teargas bombs.
"It is natural for them to be angry, I understand their rage, we are now studying their demands and we are to address them soon," Ibrahim said.
He denied allegations that the police uses violence against protesters in demonstrations, stressing that the security forces only use teargas bombs.
"We have not fire any bullets since January 25," he said.
"Enough with rumours and attacks... let us work to achieve security for everyone," the minister said directing his words at the media and political forces.