Egypt partially lifts state of emergency law

By REUTERS
January 24, 2012 19:48

CAIRO - The head of Egypt's ruling military council said on Tuesday he had decided to lift a state of emergency from Wednesday except in certain cases, a move one lawmaker said did not amount to a full cancellation of laws in place since 1981.

"I have taken a decision to end the state of emergency," Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi said in a televised address, adding that it would still apply in dealing with cases of "thuggery". He did not spell out what that meant.

"This is not a real cancellation of the state of emergency," said Essam Sultan, a newly elected member of parliament from the Wasat Party, a moderate Islamist group.

"The proper law designates the ending of the state of emergency completely or enforcing it completely, nothing in between," he said.


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