12 September 2013

Egypt: State of Emergency Might Be Extended, Says PM

Photo: Saeed Shahat/IRIN
Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi protest in Cairo (file photo).

The Egyptian government might extend the state of emergency, imposed since August 14, for two more months while gradually reducing the curfew hours, interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi said in a newspaper interview published on Thursday.

Beblawi added in his interview with Al Masry Al Youm that the assassination attempt of the Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim brought about a qualitative change and raised discussions within the National Defence Council about extending the state of emergency for a month or two.

"The state of emergency can only last for a maximum of three months, extending it for longer than that requires a people's referendum," Beblawi explained.

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