• March 24, 2006
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Proposed Anti Terrorism Law Worse Than Current Emergency Laws

Proposed Anti Terrorism Law Worse Than Current Emergency Laws

Commenting on Nazif’s declarations, Habib tells Ikwanweb: the Government seeks to maintain the State of Emergency

The statements of Dr. Ahmad Nazif, the Egyptian Prime Minister, that the Government is about to replace the Emergency Law with a new “Anti-Terrorism Law” have drawn reactions from Egyptian political circles questioning the seriousness of the Egyptian Government in seeking change and political reform.

By issuing the new proposed law, the Government seeks to perpetuate and not eliminate the state of emergency, as they claim.

 Egypt has been ruled by the emergency law since President Mubarak took office and declared the state of emergency 25 years ago following the assassination of President Sadat in 1981

The followings are exerpts from Dr. Mohamed Habib statement to Ikhwanweb responding to PM Nazif;
“We, together with all Egyptian political and national forces, demand an end to the state of emergency, as well as amending the law itself. The Emergency Law contains many loopholes conducive to abuses, which the Government has resorted to against its opponents”

“As to the question of replacing the Emergency Law with an anti-terrorism law, we cannot predict what the articles of that law will be, but under the existing bad political atmosphere, it can be said that the new law would be worse the Emergency Law”

“The internal political situation is very tense, e.g. journalists are being imprisoned, judges are being referred to judicial inquiry, university professors are being detained and referred to the Emergency Law’s higher state security courts, attempts are being made to empty the proposed Judiciary Law from any significant substance, and campaigns of detention of political opponents are going on.  All these events convey a clear message to all segments of the society: the executive power is the supreme power in the country and there is no such a thing as separation of powers”

“It is all about settling accounts by the Egyptian regime with its opponents, particularly after the latest legislative elections in which the ruling National Democratic Party suffered a big loss”

It is worth mentioning that the National Front for Change, which comprises most Egyptian political parties, political and national forces, including the Muslim Brotherhood and the Kefaya (Enough) Movement, has launched a campaign aimed at putting an end to the state of emergency.