Iraqi emergency law extended through election date

Iraqi emergency law extended through election date

[JURIST] Iraqi Interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi announced Thursday that he has extended for a further 30 days the country's emergency law approved in July but only implemented in November. The extension carries the National Safety Law – authorizing the imposition of curfews, the closing of borders and airports and the detention of suspected insurgents without normal process – through the scheduled January 30 date for elections to Iraq's National Assembly. Allawi reconfirmed that date earlier this week after senior ministers had publicly floated the idea of a postponement in light of the deteriorating security situation in the country. Reuters has more.