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Egypt lifts state of emergency

12.11.2013 From our online archive
An Egyptian court ruled a three-month state of emergency enacted after the bloody dispersal of Islamist protesters in August and accompanied by a curfew had expired on Tuesday.

(AFP) An Egyptian court ruled a three-month state of emergency enacted after the bloody dispersal of Islamist protesters in August and accompanied by a curfew had expired on Tuesday.

The cabinet said in a statement it would respect the ruling but would wait for official notification from the court before implementing it. The state of emergency had been scheduled to expire on Thursday.

"The government is committed to implement judicial rulings...the government is waiting for the text of the ruling," it said in a statement.

Interim president Adly Mansour declared the state of emergency on August 14, as violence gripped Egypt after police dispersed two large protest camps in Cairo set up by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Hundreds of people, mainly Morsi supporters, were killed in the crackdown, while Islamists elsewhere in the country retaliated by attacking security forces and Coptic Christian churches and homes.

The state of emergency granted broad powers of arrest and detention to security forces.

The president is on the verge of decreeing an amended law regulating protests that has sparked a backlash, even from other members of government and its supporters.