Ending state of emergency 'superficial decision'

The ruling to end the state of emergency spares the government the need to hold a popular referendum on extending the state of emergency, Pro-Morsi coalition says.

Ending state of emergency 'superficial decision'

Leaders of ousted president Mohamed Morsi's main support bloc have said that a court ruling stating that Egypt's current state of emergency should expire on Tuesday is a "superficial decision" that is out of touch with the situation on the ground.

"It will take time to assess the outcome of the court verdict, but all indications on the ground show that [police] oppression has not stopped," Amr Darrag, a leader of the Pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, told Anadolu Agency.

The Administrative Court on Tuesday ruled that Egypt's state of emergency, imposed by the military-backed authorities – along with a nighttime curfew – hours after the bloody August 14 dispersal of two pro-democracy protest camps, would officially end on Wednesday at 4pm (local time).

The government said it was committed to enforcing the ruling, but did not give a date for its implementation, saying it was awaiting the "verdict text to start enforcing it."

The army, meanwhile, said it would continue to enforce the nighttime curfew until it received a court ruling on the expiration of the state of emergency.

Darrag said that the ruling had spared the government the need to hold a popular referendum on extending the state of emergency.

Under a constitutional declaration issued after Morsi's ouster, the government must hold a national referendum if it wants to extend the state of emergency beyond three months.

"Any referendum on extending the state of emergency will be met with a massive 'No' vote," he said.

Darrag said that, even if the ruling was implemented by the government, it would remain "a superficial, ineffective move that does not benefit [constitutional] legitimacy and democracy in Egypt, both of which have been totally negated since July 3," when Morsi was ousted by Egypt's military establishment.

Madgi Qurqur, another leader of the pro-Morsi alliance, said that the expiration of the state of emergency would help reignite the "revolutionary spirit" in Egypt.

"The ruling will lead to the expansion of daily peaceful protests across the country, which will ratchet up further pressure on the coup authorities," he told AA.

But he ruled out the idea of holding of another major pro-democracy sit-in like those violently dispersed by security forces in mid-August.

"The alliance made major sacrifices in past sit-ins," he said. "It is not ready to endanger the lives of supporters again, since the coup authorities only deal in bullets and bloodletting."

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