Egypt has announced its state of emergency law is going to be lifted.
The move was declared by the head of the country’s ruling military council, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi during a televised address. However he also added that it would still apply in dealing with cases of what he called “thuggery” without giving any details.
But one newly elected member of parliament has warned that this does not amount to a full cancellation of the laws in place since 1981.
Egypt’s state of emergency gave authorities extensive powers to suspend basic rights, such as prohibiting protests, censoring the media, monitoring personal communications, and detaining people indefinitely without charge.