State of emergency extended for 3 months in Egypt

Cairo - 'The decision has been taken to deal with the ongoing dangerous health and security conditions in the country'



By Wam, Xinhua

Published: Sun 24 Jan 2021, 10:34 AM

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has issued a decision to extend the state of emergency throughout the country for a period of three months, starting from Sunday morning.

According to the decision, the Armed Forces and the police shall take the necessary measures to confront the dangers of terrorism and its financing, the national news agency reported.

Earlier, Egypt’s House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, approved on Thursday a presidential decree extending a nationwide state of emergency for three more months starting January 24, state-run Nile TV reported.

“The decision has been taken to deal with the ongoing dangerous health and security conditions in the country,” said the general committee of the House of Representatives.

According to the decree, the armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to fight terrorism and its financing, maintain security nationwide, protect public and private properties and preserve the lives of citizens.

According to the Egyptian constitution, presidential decisions to extend the state of emergency must be approved by the parliament.

Egypt imposed the state of emergency in 2017 after two church bombings killed at least 45. It has since been constantly renewed in accordance with the constitution.

Egypt has been suffering terrorist attacks, which killed hundreds of policemen and soldiers.

In February 2018, Egypt launched a comprehensive operation to uproot terrorism, which has since killed at least 1,000 militants.


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