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EMERGENCY LAW PARTIALLY LIFTED IN EGYPT

Washington Post

CAIRO - Egypt's ruling general announced the partial lifting of an emergency law more than three decades old Tuesday, just a day before the first anniversary of the start of Egypt's revolt.

In an apparent attempt to appease critics of the country's military leaders, who assumed power after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi promised that the law would be lifted this morning, when mass protests are expected to mark the anniversary.

Abolition of the emergency law, which allows the state to detain and hold Egyptians for virtually no reason, was a key demand of revolutionaries last winter, and it has remained a priority. But Tantawi reserved the right to apply the law in cases of "thuggery," and human rights groups said the announcement would change little.

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