Political powers have expressed varying reactions to the government's decision to extend the state of emergency for two months in view of the security developments in Sinai, wave of bombings and plans to spread chaos seized by security bodies in the hideouts of terrorists and Brotherhood Group leaders.
Dr. Younis Makhyoun, leader of Al Nour Party, said ordinary laws are enough for confronting violence. He said extraordinary laws will not put an end to violence adding these acts could be ended through more freedom, respect for human rights, rule of law, applying equality among all Egyptians and establishing social justice. He said the building of the state institutions cannot be achieved in the light of extraordinary laws. He said his party is keen to maintain security in line with ordinary laws.
The Strong Egypt Party, which is led by Dr. Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh, said extending emergency state will not achieve security, stressing the importance of promoting democratic transition .He said security can be achieved through the rule of law and applying law to all citizens on equal footing.
Meanwhile, Mohamed Mustafa Hassan, leader of the Free Party said extending the state of emergency for two months is supported .However, he warned against abuse of emergency law in squaring old scores. He said the emergency law should be applied against drug, arms and human traffickers as well as looters of public fund.
Maged Samy, Secretary-General of the Democratic Front Party; however, said that emergency law should be restricted to terrorist acts adding its extension is logic and necessary at the present time,
Magdy Hemdan, member of the executive bureau of the National Salvation Front, said emergency law is necessary at the present time adding that citizens understand the need for it. He said that terrorists will be the only hurt by this law.
Coordinator of Egypt's Revolutionaries Alliance Dr. Tqadom Al Khatib, however; has expressed reservations over extending the state of emergency calling for applying law to all instead of resorting to emergency law. He said extending emergency law gives a bad impression about Egypt to the foreign community and this negatively affects tourism and economy.
Dr. Ahmed Anany, member of the National Salvation Frony said he supports extending emergency law in view of the current circumstances in Egypt.
He said any free society rejects emergency law but this law is important for Egypt in view of the need to wipe out terrorist hideouts. He called on the army and police to arrest the terrorists who targeted the premises of the military intelligence and the convoy of the Minister of Interior, adding that he called for applying emergency law within its narrowest limits and for a limited time in order to wipe out terrorism.