A law initiative, proposed to President Mohamed Mursi, called to abolish the charge of insulting the president, as he must face the same treatment as any Egyptian when defamed, Legal Affairs Minister, Mohamed Mahsoub, said as reported by Al-Jazeera.
Mahsoub said that the government is not planning to declare a state of emergency but is merely looking into amending some of the bands of the existing emergency law, in an effort to limit presidential and police authorities, in case a state of emergency was declared.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki, said on Wednesday that amendments to the emergency law are underway to confront thuggery and violence.
Mekki pointed that the new law grants Egypt's president the right to announce a state of emergency and security authorities the right to enforce a curfew on places facing tension.
It also grants authorities the right to restrain the freedoms of citizens, including their movement and assembly.