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Clinton Urges Egypt to Lift Emergency Law Before 2012

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Egypt’s Supreme Council has said it would lift the country's long-standing emergency law in 2012. Wednesday, standing next to her Egyptian counterpart after their meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on Egypt to do so sooner.
“We hope to see the law lifted sooner than that, because we think that is an important step on the way to the rule of law, to the kind of system of checks and balances that are important in protecting the rights of the Egyptian people, to create the context for free and democratic elections. And, you know, we want to see this as soon as possible. We've discussed this repeatedly, and we will continue to raise it,” she told reporters Wednesday.

The controversial law -- except for a brief time in 1980 -- has been in effect since 1967 during the Arab-Israeli War. The Egyptian government has enforced the emergency law -- extended every three years since the 1981 assassination of Hosni Mubarak predecessor, Anwar Sadat -- legalizing censorship, extending police powers and imprisoning citizens for any period of time without trial, going against the protests of pro-democracy supporters, according to the Washington Post.

Mubarak had previously promised to repeal the measure, but continued to enforce it with another extension.

Just weeks ago the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) decided to enact new amendments to the law and announced the rule would remain in effect until mid-2012, according to the Daily News Egypt. The move came amid skirmishes between protesters and Egyptian law enforcement and military forces.
Though Clinton has called for Egypt's swift end to the law, she was, however, supportive of the country's plan to hold elections in a few months.
“We are very supportive of the steps that have been taken in Egypt to establish a timetable for elections, to create the conditions that permit the elections to proceed, the formation of political parties, for example -- a lot of free and diverse opinion being expressed,” she said.
“I know that people in Egypt are very anxious because this is a right they wish to exercise, but I think if one takes a step back and looks at how rapidly this has moved, it's quite remarkable,” Clinton added.
She said that the Obama administration does not support calls by some on Capitol Hill to place conditions on aid to Egypt.
“We are against conditionality. And I conveyed our position to the minister. We will be working very hard with the Congress to convince the Congress that that is not the best approach to take,” she said.
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Egyptian Military: Emergency Law Will Be Lifted After Protests End

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(CAIRO) -- The Egyptian military announced in a statement over State TV Friday that the emergency law will be lifted, but only after the current crisis in the country ends.

Egypt's emergency law gives more power to authorities and imposes on the people's constitutional rights and freedom to assemble.  It has been a hated thing in Egypt and a central part of criticism of the country's human rights record for three decades.

The military said the law will no longer be in effect once demonstrations end, asking protesters to go back to normal life.

The military also stated that there will be free and fair presidential elections and that they will carry out constitutional changes.

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