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Egypt state of emergency ends after 31 years

  • Egypt's state of emergency, that allowed security forces to detain suspects and try them in special courts, has been lifted after 31 years.

    It had been in place since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat in 1981.

    Ending the law was a key demand of activists in last year's uprising against President Hosni Mubarak.

    Egypt's military rulers, who took charge after the ousting of Mubarak, have said they will not renew the law.

    At one point, human rights groups estimated there were more than 10,000 people in custody.