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Egypt Military to Maintain Security After State of Emergency

May 31, 2012

Egypt’s ruling military council vowed to continue its oversight of security in the country even after the expiration of the state of emergency that has been in effect for around three decades, the state-run Ahram Gate website reported.

The pledge came as the state of emergency was set to expire today, unless it is renewed. In its statement, the military council said its vow comes “as a result of its national and historic duty,” Ahram Gate reported.

Terminating the state of emergency would mark the practical end of one of Mubarak’s most reviled legacies - the implementation of a law that gave authorities sweeping powers to limit freedom of expression and to detain individuals for months without due process.

Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi on Jan. 24 said the state of emergency would be partially lifted the following day, except for crimes of “thuggery.”

The legislation under which the measures were implemented was reintroduced in 1981 after the assassination of President Anwar Sadat.

To contact the reporters on this story: Tarek El-Tablawy in Cairo at teltablawy@bloomberg.net; Mariam Fam in Cairo at mfam1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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