Egypt may reconsider curfew: Deputy PM
Deputy PM Hossam Eissa says Cabinet may reconsider curfew if stability returns to country following weeks of violent protests
Ahram Online, Friday 23 Aug 2013
Egypt’s Deputy Prime Minister Hossam Eissa has said the authorities may reconsider the curfew should tensions cool off across the country.
His statement came after Friday saw lower turnouts at pro-Morsi protests.
In a phone interview on Dream TV, Eissa said army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi is not involved in the decision-making process of the government.
El-Sisi is widely seen as the de-facto ruler of the country, although he appointed a civilian president in Adly Mansour upon Mohamed Morsi’s ouster.
Morsi was removed by the army on 3 July amid nationwide protests against his rule.
Rival protests by supporters and opponents of the former president, a senior figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, have resulted in many casualties.
Hundreds of Morsi supporters were killed when security forces cleared sit-ins in Cairo and Giza on 14 August.
On 14 August, Egypt’s interim Cabinet re-introduced a state of emergency, which includes a daily curfew starting at 7pm until 6am in 14 governorates for a month.