Egypt's military leader field marshal Hussein Tantawi ends Emergency rule in the country, except for thuggish criminals. In a speech marking the first anniversary of the Egyptian revolution, he called for more political parties to represent the revolutionaries, and asked Egyptians who criticize the Military Council reconsider their positions. Tantawi also reiterated that Egypt's army will resume its old traditional role in protecting the country after the interim period is over. He praised the recent elections and reaffirmed Cairo's commitment to international agreements, thus, sending another comforting message to Israel over the Camp David peace accord.
Observers saw in Tantawi's speech a message to the international community over protecting the pillars of the Egyptian state, especially those concerning its foreign relations. SCAF has been negotiating with the Muslem Brotherhood for a while now, and it is clearer now that they have reached an agreement over international commitments, especially the Camp David peace accords.