30 January 2013

Egypt: Morsi Assigns Canal Governors to Decide On Curfew

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President Mohamed Morsi decided on Tuesday 29/1/2013 to assign the governors of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia to set the hours of curfew or cancel it in line with the security situation in each governorate.

The decision was announced in a statement released by presidential advisor Essam el-Haddad.

On Sunday 27/1/2013, Morsi imposed a curfew and the state of emergency in the three coastal governorates.

On the other hand, the President held on Tuesday 29/1/2013 a meeting with a number of security officials at the Presidential Palace in Heliopolis on the latest developments in Egypt, ways of protecting protesters and facing outlaws.

The meeting was attended by Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, Public Security Department Chief Ahmed Helmi, Central Security Sector Head Magid Nouh, Cairo Police Chief Osama el-Saghir and National Security Sector Head Khaled Tharwat.

For his part, the Interior Minister gave a presentation to the President of a new security strategy to be applied to provide security services to the citizens.

The Interior Ministry said in a statement that it detected over the past few hours some elements that capitalize on peaceful demonstrations and try to break into public buildings such as the City Halls of some governorates or other public services such as power generation plants and water stations to sabotage them.

The ministry urges all political powers to shoulder their responsibility and hammer out a solution to the current political crisis to mitigate the burdens undertaken by the security men, who are actually shouldering immense responsibility for providing security in the country.

The ministry added that continuation of the current state of political conflict will have its influence on the security situation in Egypt.

It confirmed that the security men, meanwhile, will continue undertaking their mission for establishing security and stability in the homeland.

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