Egypt extends state of emergency

Members of Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi march through Cairo’s Maadi neighborhood on September 6, 2013.

Egypt’s military-backed interim President Adly Mansour has extended the state of emergency in the North African country by two months amid the deteriorating security condition.

The interim government said in a presidential decree on Thursday that the decision was made in light of developments and the security situation in the country.

The decree comes days before the expiration of the state of emergency imposed in August.

The North African is still witnessing near daily protests demanding the reinstatement of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

The army-backed government first declared a state of emergency after scores were killed amid a security crackdown on two protest camps set up by Morsi™s supporters. More than 1300 people, most of them Morsi™s supporters have been killed in the ensuing violence.

The government of army-appointed interim President Mansour launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including the supreme leader Mohammad Badie Badie.

The massacre and crackdown have sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay also called on Monday for an investigation into the killings.

“The path to stability in Egypt lies in its ability to establish the rule of law in an inclusive manner that ensures that all Egyptians, irrespective of their political opinion, gender, religion, or status, are recognized as legitimate stakeholders in the future of their country,” she said.

The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.


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