Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly speaking before the Parliament (Photo: Ahram)
Egypt's Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told parliament on Sunday that the decision to extend the state of emergency in the country will not affect public freedoms.
The Egyptian parliament approved in its session on Monday extending the nationwide state of emergency for three months retroactively from 15 October.
Madboluy, who gave a speech at the opening of parliament's fourth assembly session, vowed that the exceptional measures taken under the state of emergency shall be used only when necessary, preserving a balance between public freedoms and national security.
The state of emergency was first imposed in April 2017 after two suicide bombings at churches in Alexandria and Tanta killed 47 worshippers on Palm Sunday. The state of emergency has since been extended every three months.
“The state is moving towards achieving development and restoring security and stability, and in light of the circumstances the country is going through, the cabinet has agreed to extend the state of emergency for three months,” the prime minister said.
“These disgraceful acts of terrorism that threaten our country and result in casualties among security forces and innocent civilians are just desperate criminal attempts that are thwarted by the determination and hardness of our heroes in the Armed Forces and the police,” Madboluy added.
Since 2014 there have been localised states of emergency imposed in some parts of North Sinai as part of efforts to battle Islamist terrorists in the area.