Egyptian Court Officially Ends Country’s State of Emergency

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Nov. 12 2013 6:12 PM

Egyptian Court Officially Ends Country’s State of Emergency

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Student supporters of the Muslim brotherhood clash with Egyptian security in Cairo.

Photo by MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM/AFP/Getty Images

An Egyptian court ended the country’s three-month state of emergency and nighttime curfew on Tuesday. The move, according to Reuters, is “a step that may help the army-backed government restore a semblance of normality after the military ousted President Mohamed Mursi."

The emergency measures were implemented on August 14, as security forces forcibly removed pro-Morsi supporters following the former-President’s removal from power, which lead violent clashes on Cairo’s streets. The bloodshed was the worst in Egypt’s modern history, according to Reuters. The state of the emergency empowered Egyptian authorities to make warrantless arrests and search people’s homes, according to NBC News.

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The measures were set to expire after a month, but were extended by the Egyptian government for an additional two months on Sept. 12, according to the BBC. Despite the court ruling, CNN reports, that according to state-run media, the military and police are still enforcing emergency measure because “they'd yet to receive the court's ruling.” Here’s more on the confusion from CNN:

The administrative court announced Tuesday that the state of emergency would be lifted in the afternoon, two days earlier than expected, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported. But Tuesday night, the military said on Facebook that the nighttime curfews would continue until the court officially notified it of its order. The Interior Ministry also said it hadn't received the court order, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

Elliot Hannon is a writer in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter.

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