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Egypt cabinet approves new anti-terror laws

Egypt’s state news agency MENA says the Cabinet has approved an anti-terrorism draft law as well as a long-awaited draft election law.

The approval came as Egyptian troops struggled to fend off a massive assault by Islamic terrorists in the northern Sinai Peninsula that killed more than 50 soldiers. On Monday, Egypt’s chief prosecutor was assassinated in a Cairo bombing.

Both draft laws now await President Abdel-Fattah Sissi’s approval before they can be passed by decree.

The MENA report did not describe the proposed laws.

Egyptian media reported Tuesday that the anti-terrorism law would give prosecutors more powers to detain suspects for long periods of time and enable authorities to inspect the bank accounts of those facing terror-related charges.

–AP

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