Egypt government seeks extension of emergency law

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 11, 2010 14:26

 
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CAIRO— Egypt's government has called for an extension of the country's controversial emergency law for two years, but with some new limitations on police powers.

The emergency law, in place since 1981, gives police wide powers of arrest. Under the new provisions, police would only be allowed to use them in cases connected to terrorism or drug dealing, and a few police powers would be eliminated, according to Cabinet minister Moufid Shehab.

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