Egypt's military announced on Wednesday (September 21st) that the emergency law, in effect since 1981, will likely remain until June 2012, AFP reported.
"The emergency law is on-going and valid until June 2012, according to the law," said General Adel el-Mursi, a member of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.
"It can be lifted or amended," el-Mursi added. He was referring to a 2010 decree issued by former President Hosni Mubarak.
The military council recently widened the scope of the emergency laws to include restrictions on labour strikes and the spread of false information. Opponents say the laws were extended to prevent criticism of the military council.
"I am very concerned about the coming elections that will take place under emergency law," Egyptian opposition leader Ayman Nour told reporters. "It is very dangerous to have this door wide open for violations and abuse in the name of protecting the country."