Egypt’s military ruler, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi announced on Tuesday the lifting of the emergency state on Wednesday January 25, with the except of cases involving fighting crimes by thugs.
Tantawi, addressing the newly-elected People’s Assembly, noted that the state of emergency, which has been implemented for over 30 years, would be lifted as of tomorrow morning to coincide with the first anniversary of the January 25, 2011 revolution.
During his speech, Tantawi saluted the martyrs of the January 25 revolution, pointing out that the newly-elected People’s Assembly was the first to be formed under the free will of Egyptian people which expressed their will and aspirations to a better life through fair elections. “That are some of the fruits of that revolution.”
He affirmed the commitment of the High Council of Egyptian Armed Forces to hand over power in the scheduled date after the presidential elections, noting the positive participation by the people during the elections of the People’s Assembly and affording difficulty and burden of this stage of their country’s national history, which proved to all that they are people worthy of respect and appreciation