Egyptian PM: Emergency law necessary for Egypt 's prosperity
|Monday, June 14,2010 18:30|
He reiterated that the emergency law will be restricted to crimes related to terrorism and drug trafficking.
Nazif confirmed that the emergency law will not be used for any other purpose claiming that many detainees have in fact been released since the state of emergency's law was renewed early May.
Abdel-Monem Abdel-Maqsud, the Muslim Brotherhood's top defence lawyer, questioned the legitimacy of Nazif's statement arguing that hundreds of detainees are currently held by the State Security indefinitely without charge.
He maintained that nearly 200 Muslim Brotherhood members alone were arrested during the crackdown on the group earlier this year simply for taking part in national anti-Israeli demonstrations and later during election campaigns.
With regards to demonstrations, Nazif claimed that it was the right of the people who felt they were treated unjustly to express their anger in a legal and civilized manner, stressing "We cooperate and listen to protestors and work on finding solutions for their problems".
Mohamed Adel, of the April 6 Youth Movement, however, disagreed, stressing there was much abuse and hostility exercised against protestors during recent demonstrations. Recent demonstrations in Egypt in fact prompted a NDP MP to call on police to shoot protestors with live ammunition, he said.
Nazif addressed the poverty issue claiming that the poverty rate in Egypt has decreased and is now standing between 20 and 22 percent, adding that " Egypt is better than many other developing countries".
The PM referred to the latest research on income and spending conducted every three years by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics citing that although the standard of living has remained the same for 6 million it has improved for 8 million people.