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Syria to Lift Emergency Law by Presidential Decree, Watan Says

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad will issue a decree today approving the lifting of a state-of-emergency law, privately run Al Watan newspaper reported, citing an unidentified senior government official.

The emergency law won’t be replaced by a special anti-terrorism law, according to the Damascus-based newspaper, which is close to the regime. An existing general punishment law applies to terrorism crimes, it said.

Assad will also issue a decree today canceling the supreme state security court and on the organization of peaceful protests, Al Watan said.

Syria’s Cabinet yesterday endorsed a draft decree to scrap the 48-year-old emergency law, the main demand of demonstrators challenging Assad’s rule.

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