|Cairo: Through a declaration, Egyptâ€™s ruling military council Thursday lifted a state of emergency that existed for decades in the country.|
The emergency was lifted after its last renewal expired and the council pledged to continue securing the state until the end of the transitional period, Xinhua reported.
â€œOut of patriotism and historical responsibility held by the military forces, we are still responsible for securing the state and the citizens, despite the lift of the emergency state,â€ the council said in a statement.
The announcement caused a wave of anxiety among political circles as the countryâ€™s toppled leader Hosni Mubarakâ€™s trial is to be held Saturday during which a final verdict will be delivered. Also, the run-off of presidential elections is set to kick off June 16-17.
The state of emergency had been existing since 1981 in Egypt and was being renewed every three years.