Egypt approves draft anti-terrorism, election laws

Published July 2nd, 2015 - 10:25 GMT

Egypt's cabinet approved the anti-terrorism and election draft laws on Wednesday, one of the deadliest days for the Sinai Peninsula.

Prime Minister Ibrahim Mehleb started the meeting with, "We are in a state of real war," adding that the laws approved in this weekly meeting will be raised to the president for ratification, a cabinet statement said.

The anti-terrorism law achieves "swift and just deterrence," the cabinet statement said. The cabinet also approved a package laws that achieve "prompt justice and retribution." 

It will also seek to take measures to "dry" the source of financing of "terrorism."  

Earlier on Wednesday, a string of attacks on security sites followed by clashes between security forces and militants left 60 casualties among security personnel, ranging from deaths to injuries, a security source said. Over 30 militants were killed, the source added.

The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for the attacks. 

On Tuesday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi vowed to amend laws, saying the hand of "prompt justice" is "tied" with laws, but "we will work on amending the law to achieve justice."

He made the statements during the military funeral of former prosecutor general Hisham Barakat, who was assassinated on Monday in a car bomb attack in Cairo.   

The cabinet also approved the amended laws governing parliamentary elections.  

The elections were scheduled to take place over two phases, in late March and late April.

They were, however, postponed when the the Supreme Constitutional Court decided against the constitutionality of two of the three legislations governing the poll, in decisions that came a week apart in early March.

A new date for elections has not been set yet, awaiting amendments to the election laws.  


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