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Egypt: Parliament renews emergency legislation

A week after the 24 April bombings in Dahab, Parliament extended the 25-year old state of emergency for a further two years, despite previous announcements that the emergency law would be replaced by new anti-terrorism laws. The emergency law, which was due to expire in June 2006, grants wide powers to law enforcement agencies to detain any person who may pose a national security threat without charge and allows military courts to try civilians.

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