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Egypt's National Defence Council 'reserves right to declare state of emergency'
The council, which is headed by President Morsi and includes key military and police leaders, calls for dialogue with opposition, may consider imposing curfew in battle sites as clashes persist in several governorates
Ahram Online, Saturday 26 Jan 2013
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Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt’s National Defense Council said it might consider declaring a state of emergency in areas of violence and called for dialogue with opposition due to the ongoing clashes in several governorates, Minister of Information Salah Abdel-Maksoud said on Saturday.

After extending the council condolences to the families of those killed in Friday's and Saturday's clashes between protesters and security forces, Abdel Maksoud called for a “broad national dialogue” between Egypt's political forces.

The Information Minister confirmed the military's neutral position and affirmed its role as a “guard of Egypt's democracy and Egyptian aspirations”.

“The council holds the right to declare a state of emergency and a curfew, if needed,” he added.

 





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Shams Edeen
27-01-2013 04:36pm
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Ekhwan has Failed
Let us start from square ONE. tahya Misr.
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Shams Edeen, ALex
27-01-2013 08:16am
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Meet the Media
I suggest Mr. President to meet with the reporters and anser their questions.
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Nora
27-01-2013 08:10am
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Morsi is too soft. It is too little to late.
I have just read a very sad story on Al-Ahram Gate, http://www.ahram.org.eg/Incidents/News/196897.aspx, about a young girl, that was brutally raped by the thugs e.g. “activist” of the 25th celebration. These kinds of crimes used to bring shame to us as Muslim society. Need to put a stop for sexual assaults and violence against Women. I wish that Morsi forget his ideal views of democracy. We need emergency laws that hit with an iron fist the thugs and killers, that have no appreciation for democracy and its tools. The media, NSF, Shafiq’s company should be held accountable for the enticement and support the violence.
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Dr. Malek Towghi --USA
27-01-2013 08:03am
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"A'TINEE HURRIYYAT-EE, ATLIQ YADAYY-a !"
Mr. President, This is the 21st Century and the Age of Internet Revolution; you cannot drag back the most enlightened Arab country, Egypt, to the 7th Century. Of course you may destroy it in the process! Please Don't!!
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Aladdin, Egypt
27-01-2013 12:41am
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Cooling Period
Our enemies are trying to repeat what they did in Iraq, Sudan, Syria, ... We need inf=vestigations of the killing and dialoge by leaders ASAP. Majority of Egyptians are emotional and illogical.
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