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State of emergency and curfew to officially end on Thursday

Cabinet says it was not officially notified of court order saying state of emergency should be lifted on Tuesday 12 November

Ahram Online, Wednesday 13 Nov 2013
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Egypt's cabinet has said that the state of emergency and the related curfew will officially be lifted on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Egypt's administrative court ordered that the state of emergency be lifted at 4pm on the same day.
Minister for Administrative Development Hany Mahmoud said at a press conference on Wednesday that the authorities had not been officially notified of the Tuesday court order.

Cabinet spokesman Sherif Shawki had said on Tuesday that the government was waiting for the court's official notification to implement the ruling. Similarly, military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said that the army would continue to enforce the nightly curfew until it receives official notification.

Egypt has been under a state of emergency since 14 August, following the violent dispersal by security forces of two Islamist sit-ins, sparking days of unrest. Initially imposed for one month, the state of emergency was extended for two additional months on 14 September.

According to the constitutional declaration issued by Egypt's interim presidency following president Mohamed Morsi's ouster in July, the state of emergency can only be extended for more than three months if a national referendum approves the measure.

The state of emergency was imposed along with a nightly curfew that has been gradually eased. The curfew currently extends from 1am to 5am, except for Fridays, the traditional day of protest by supporters of the ousted president, when it begins at 7pm.

The armed forces have been in charge of supervising the curfew, and military checkpoints have been erected throughout Cairo and 13 other governorates.
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Nikos Retsos
13-11-2013 09:43pm
State Of Emergency and Curfew to Officially End on Thursday
The armed forces have not only been in charge of supervising the curfew but also supervising the government appointed by the armed forces. By lifting the stage of emergency and the curfew, the civilian government doesn't change anything other than roadblocks and nighttime people's movements. The real lifting of a state of emergency means that "a danger for the government has passed," and political prisoners arrested during the "state of emergency" period must be released. I am sure that won't happen in Egypt. I therefore believe that the aforesaid measures declared by the military-controlled interim government are a "public relations" stunt to convince the international community and its critics -yes, including myself- that the military regime is liberalizing its internal crackdown and moving toward elections. But with the military junta keeping all of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders who won the previous elections in prisons, any move that disenfranchise them, and the 51.7% of Egyptians who voted for them, won't make a free and fair elections. either "liberalizing or democratic." The question that remain to be answered them is this: Since the military junta and everybody else represent only 48.3%, and the 51.7% has been outlawed, how that can bring back democracy through elections? Obviously, the military junta plan some scam elections that would flash a phony majority win afterward for the junta's civilian puppets. Would the international community be fooled? I don't think so! Nikos Retsos, retired professor, USA
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14-11-2013 09:53am
True within numbers
Since you use numbers, use them correctly !!!PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS 2nd ROUND: Registered voters: 50,958,794. Total valid votes: 25,577,511. ONLY 50,19% Egyptian were voting. Voters for Mr. Morsi: 13,230,131 that gives ONLY 25,96% of Egyptians has choose Mr. Morsi as president. Majority was ruled by minority NUMBERS DON'T LIE (source: wikipedia)
13-11-2013 11:38pm
"Retired professor from the US"
If you are giving yourself credibility with your false identity claims, let me clue you in. You lose it all by parroting Muslim brotherhood propaganda.

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