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Egypt extends state of emergency for 3 months

Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [File photo]
Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi [File photo]

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi extended yesterday Egypt’s countrywide state of emergency for an additional three months.

The renewed three-month state of emergency will start today, according to a presidential decree.

“The state of emergency will be applied across the country, effective as of 1:00 am on Friday, for an additional three months, due to ongoing security concerns,” the presidential decree read.

“The armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to confront the dangers of terrorism,” the decree added.

The Egyptian parliament is yet to approve the presidential resolution.

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Egypt first imposed the state of emergency in April after two church bombings, which Daesh claimed responsibility for, killed at least 45 people. It was then extended in July for a further three months.

The state of emergency allows authorities to carry out additional security measures, including the referral of terrorism suspects to state security courts, the imposition of curfews and strict control over newspapers.

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  • Ruthie Riegler

    Successive dictators in Egypt, like the Assads in Syria, have imposed a “state of emergency” every three or six months for decades – that’s how totalitarianism works, a permanent crisis, a “state of emergency”, a constant state of war, like a constant “war on terror” is needed to justify dictatorship and suspending/crushing the rule of law. I wonder how long it will take Trump to do the same in the USA – surely the American admirers of Assad and indeed Putin must appreciate their own demagogue – and he’s only just begun.