Egypt Calls an End to State of Emergency

The government says it will abide by a court ruling issue Tuesday

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Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo on Aug. 14, 2013

Egypt’s militarily enforced “State of Emergency” in place since Aug. 14 expired Tuesday, following a ruling from a Cairo court.

Egyptian authorities declared a state of emergency after the government violently dispersed sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in August.

The ruling orders an end to the state of emergency two days earlier than a cabinet minister said it would end, a discrepancy stemming from the fact that it was renewed for two months on Sept. 12, the Associated Press reports.

The state of emergency imposed a nightly curfew and gave the state the authority to make warrantless arrests and search people’s homes. A cabinet spokesperson said the government would abide by the ruling once the court puts it into writing, though it’s unclear how long that will take.

[AP]

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