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Egyptian opposition says 'no' to elections under emergency law

Arab World Materials 14 September 2011 13:55
Egyptian opposition says 'no' to elections under emergency law
Egyptian opposition says 'no' to elections under emergency law

Issam Al Arian deputy chairman of the Freedom and justice party linked to the Muslim Brotherhood has objected holding upcoming parliamentary elections while emergence law is in force, Al Jazeera TV channel reported.

"We will not allow holding upcoming parliamentary elections while emergency law remains in effect in the country," Al Arian said.

The Freedom and Justice party of Egypt is nominally independent, but has strong links to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, the largest and best organized political group in Egypt. The party plans to join the upcoming parliamentary election to gain almost half seats at the parliament.

The Emergency Law has been continuously extended every three years since 1981. In 2006, President Hosni Mubarak promised reforms including repealing the Emergency Law, and replacing it with other measures. However, he renewed the Emergency Law instead.

Repealing the emergency law was a key demand of protestors during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. In September 2011 the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) made some changes and amendments to the emergency law.

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