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Egypt's PM addresses parliament before vote on state of emergency

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Apr 2017
PM Sherif Ismail
Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail (Photo: Ahram)
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Egypt's Prime Minister Sherif Ismail addressed members of parliament on Tuesday before a general session to vote on imposing the state of emergency declared by the president following the twin suicide bombings on churches in Alexandria and Tanta on Sunday.

Ismail told parliament that President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has declared the state of emergency "in accordance with his constitutional authorities and national responsibility," affirming the country's determination to exterminate terrorism.

"These terrorist acts require exceptional steps to allow the country to reinforce its capabilities and powers in a legal and constitutional frame to face this exceptional threat," Ismail added.

According to the Egyptian constitution, any state of emergency must be confirmed in parliament by majority vote within seven days of its declaration by the president.

The Islamic State militant group has claimed responsibility for the two deadly blasts that hit the St George Cathedral in Tanta and St Mark's Cathedral in Alexandria on Palm Sunday, killing 46 and injuring dozens more during prayer services.

On Monday, Egypt's interior ministry said that security forces had killed during a shootout in Assiut seven suspected IS group sympathisers thought to be planning more attacks against Christians. 

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