State of emergency ends next month, will not be extended: PM media advisor

Ahram Online , Tuesday 22 Oct 2013

The government does not have plans to extend the state of emergency after it ends next month

PM media advisor Sherif Shawqy
PM media advisor Sherif Shawqy. (Photo: Al-Ahram)

The state of emergency is due to end next month and the government has no plans to extend it, said PM media advisor Sherif Shawqy in statements on Tuesday.

On 12 September, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour decided to extend the state of emergency for a further two months after it had been originally implemented on 14 August for a month.

According to the constitutional declaration issued by the interim president, the state of emergency cannot be extended for more than three months unless it is approved via a national referendum. 

Egypt has been witnessing escalating violence since the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi on 3 July. Street fights are common during protests.

Security forces and churches have been targets for militants. More than 100 policemen have been killed since the ouster of Morsi. At least 43 churches have been attacked and over 200 Coptic properties damaged.

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