April 6 Movement calls on People's Assembly to 'instantly' end emergency law

Hatem Maher, Sunday 15 Jan 2012

Fulfilling the demands of the January 25 Revolution will be the main challenge of the incoming People's Assembly, says head of April 6 Movement

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6 April movement logo (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 Youth Movement, has called on the newly-elected People's Assembly to immediately abrogate the Emergency Law when it convenes for the first time on 23 January.

The state of emergency has not been lifted since Hosni Mubarak's ouster in February last year, with the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) insisting its existence is pivotal in combating "acts of thuggery."

SCAF’s stance drew the ire of many activists and protesters who believe the ruling military council want to keep the Emergency Law active in order to strike down protest with the same iron fist that characterised Mubarak’s 30-year rule.

“The movement and the revolutionary youth are awaiting instant decisions and measures by the parliament, including lifting emergency law,” Maher said in a statement Sunday.

“We also want them to end the referral of civilians to military trials, release the activists who are being tried in military courts, and introduce legislation to allow freedom of the media and make the judiciary independent.”

Full official results are yet to be announced, but Islamist powers, mainly the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) and the Salafist El-Nour Party, have reportedly claimed an overwhelming win in the first free elections since Mubarak left office.

“The new parliament will face a real challenge when it convenes on 23 January to fulfill the revolution's demands,” Maher said.

“That challenge will define the relationship between Tahrir Square and the parliament,” Maher added, implying that activists are likely to continue demonstrating in the epicentre of the January 25 Revolution if they are not satisfied with the work of the new People's Assembly.

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