Brotherhood Challenges Renewal of Emergency Law

The Muslim Brotherhood’s parliamentary bloc requested the parliament chairman not to pass the government bill to prolong the application of emergency law by three years.
In a letter to the chairman, the bloc’s spokesman, said that on Jun 23rd the parliament agreed to extend the action of the emergency law when the government pledged to restrict its application to terrorism and drug trafficking.
The Brotherhood’s bloc and other MPs opposed the prolongation. Emergency law is designated to tackle any state of emergency or a catastrophe; however, its misuse turns it into a notorious law that is desirable to be annulled. Despite successive calamities hit Egypt recently, the emergency law was not of service.
In fact, the law prevents neither drug trafficking nor terrorism. On contrary, it consolidates corruption. The events of el-Nekgala, a village of Upper Egypt, for example, evidently showed the growth rate of drug trafficking and planting. Nevertheless, the emergency law was not applied. However, the security forces set the law in motion during the parliamentary elections leaving 14 killed, dozens injured, and scores detained. Authorities declined to announce either the real number of law victims behind bars or the cases of terrorism and drug trafficking in which the emergency law were useful.
Hassen added the government suddenly asked the parliament to approve the extension of the long-standing law without giving enough time to discuss it and without consulting the concerned civil institutions. Therefore, the opposition of the law increased because the government move contradicts to allegations of reform and transparency.
Accordingly, the MP asked the chairman to bring up the question in the parliament early enough to be discussed in preparation for the government repetition of its sudden request to prolong the law.
Hassen concluded his letter saying during 60 years, the age of the law, concepts and matters have been changed hence the law should be rescinded.    

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