Egypt Calls an End to State of Emergency

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt

Egypt’s militarily enforced “State of Emergency” in place since Aug. 14 expired Tuesday, following a ruling from a Cairo court.

Egyptian authorities declared a state of emergency after the government violently dispersed sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in August.

The ruling orders an end to the state of emergency two days earlier than a cabinet minister said it would end, a discrepancy stemming from the fact that it was renewed for two months on Sept. 12, the Associated Press reports.

The state of emergency imposed a nightly curfew and gave the state the authority to make warrantless arrests and search people’s homes. A cabinet spokesperson said the government would abide by the ruling once the court puts it into writing, though it’s unclear how long that will take.

[AP]