Egypt extends state of emergency for three months starting 13 Jan: Official gazette

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Jan 2018

File photo: Policemen stand guard in Cairo, Egypt April 28, 2017. Picture taken April 28, 2017 Reuters

Egypt has extended a nationwide state of emergency for a further three months, starting 13 January, state-run news agency MENA said on Tuesday.

The decree authorizes the army and police to undertake the necessary procedures to combat terrorism in order to preserve the safety of citizens and public properties across the nation.

The state of emergency was first imposed in April 2017 after two church bombings killed 47 people. It was then extended in July.

A new decree further lengthening it was issued in October. According the Egyptian constitution, a state of emergency cannot exceed six months from its date of declaration and decrees imposing or extending it should be approved by the parliament.

The new decree by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi was published in the official state gazette on Tuesday.

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