April 6 welcomes end of Egypt's state of emergency

Ahram Online , Wednesday 13 Nov 2013

Youth group calls on interim government to implement political, not security solutions to country's problems

New Head of the 6 April Youth Movement Amr Ali (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's April 6 Youth Movement has welcomed a court decision to lift the state of emergency two days earlier than scheduled.

The administrative court on Tuesday ordered the state of emergency be lifted at 4pm that day, rather than Thursday as previously announced by the cabinet.

"The end of the state of emergency will make Egyptians breathe a sigh of relief. It will allow some of the economic and social issues that have beset us to be overcome," Mohamed Kamal of the movement's political bureau said in a statement on Tuesday.

The movement called on the interim cabinet to implement a vision and a political exit to the ongoing crisis in Egypt, "instead of depending on security solutions that have many times proved to merely increase polarisation on the street."

The state of emergency was originally imposed by a presidential decree on 14 August, following the bloody dispersal of two protest camps in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi. In mid-September, the state of emergency was extended for another two months, which were slated to end on Thursday 14 November.

It remains unclear whether or not the curfew – implemented in tandem with the state of emergency in August – will be lifted. However, a government source told Ahram Online that the curfew will most likely end as well.

Military spokesman Colonel Ahmed Ali said on Tuesday that the Egyptian army would continue to enforce the nightly curfew until it receives an official notification that a court has ordered an end to the country's three-month-old state of emergency.

The curfew currently extends from 1am to 5am, except for Fridays, the traditional day of protest, when it begins at 7pm. 


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