Report: Egypt to lift state of emergency in 2008

Egypt will lift by next June the state of emergency in place for more than 25 years, even if new anti-terrorist legislation is not passed, Judicial Affairs Minister Mufid Shehab was quoted Saturday as saying.


"Whether the law on terrorism is passed by this date or not, the government will lift the state of emergency by the end of June 2008," Shehab said, according to state news agency Mena. The new legislation is set to be presented to the National Assembly before that date, he added. (AFP)