• Egyptian presidency says no intention to impose emergency law soon

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    Egypt’s presidential media adviser Ahmed al-Mislimani said Monday that the country will not impose the emergency law any time soon, state TV reported.

    At a press conference, Mislimani said the president’s assignment of some powers in the law to the prime minister the previous day did not mean that the law would be imposed soon.

    On Sunday, when Interim President Adli Mansour issued the decree, speculations arose that the move might be a prelude to a crackdown on some of ousted President Mohamed Morsi’s loyalists, who have launched a number of attacks against security forces in the Sinai Peninsula.

    However, Mislimani said Adli’s decision came within the frame of achieving a civil state.

    While dismissing that the emergency law would be imposed soon, the presidential adviser said some events could necessitate its implementation for the preservation of national security.

    He added “we face organized terrorism in Sinai that targets the army and police.”

    Over the past two weeks, at least 30 people, including soldiers and civilians, were killed in similar armed attacks on security premises and checkpoints in North Sinai. PNA

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