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Egypt: President Declares State of Emergency

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed | Permalink | No Comments | January 30th, 2013 | Trackback

President Morsi declared a month-long state of emergency Jan. 26, after political unrest escalated into violent street protests that left 52 people dead. Soldiers have been deployed to the three main cities on the Suez Canal where the latest rash of protests erupted—Port Said, Ismailia and Suez—and central Cairo and Alexandria remain volatile. Anti-government sentiment that has been building for months flared up again Jan. 25, on the second anniversary of Egypt’s revolution. The situation remains unstable, and tensions between the protestors and the government continue to run high. The chief of armed forces has expressed concern that this crisis will lead to a collapse of the state.

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