Egypt's State Of Emergency Extended

The Egyptian parliament has voted to extend the state of emergency, which restricts constitutional protections and grants police extensive powers, for a further two years. "The People's Assembly has approved by a 308-member majority the presidential decree to extend the state of emergency for a period of two years," the official MENA news agency reported on Tuesday. A reported 103 MPs voted against the controversial law, which has been eased by the government for the first time, after 29 years of continuous implementation. The legal restrictions set out in the law will only apply for suspected cases of terrorism and drug trafficking. "The emergency law will not be used to undermine freedoms or infringe upon rights if these two threats are not involved," Ahmed Nazif, the Egyptian prime minister, said during his speechto parliament.