CAIRO— Egypt's foreign minister has dismissed US criticism of Cairo's
decision to extend its three-decade-old emergency law as "overly
Ahmed Aboul Gheit says the US stance reflects an ignorance of the "real
situation" in Egypt. He said Wednesday that the US criticism was aimed
for an audience of Western media and rights groups.
Egypt's parliament on Tuesday extended the law, which has been in place
since 1981. It gives Egyptian authorities broad powers of arrest and
allows indefinite detention without charge.