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Egypt emergency law tantawi 2012 1 24

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Egypt's military rulers say law's last renewal expired on Thursday
Egypt emergency law tantawi 2012 1 24

A student fixes a banner that reads 'No, Emergency Law,' during a protest in Cairo on March 5, 2005. Egypt's military ruler, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, said in a speech on Jan. 24, 2012 that he would lift the decades-old emergency law, which has long been used to silence Egypt's opposition and justify crackdowns on the Egyptian population.