Egypt extends state of emergency by 3 months

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By Sheji Halima

The Egyptian parliament on Thursday  approved a three-month extension of an already-imposed state of emergency due to security challenges facing the Arab country, official MENA news agency reported.

The parliament approved a presidential decree to extend the emergency state by  three months, starting from July 25, according to MENA.

Under the decree, military and police personnel should take necessary measures to face terrorism and maintain security across the country.

Egyptian President, Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi first imposed a three-month nationwide state of emergency in April 2017, following a twin bombing at two churches in Northern provinces of Gharbiya and Alexandria.

The  twin bombing killed at least 47 and wounded over 120.

Under the Egyptian constitution, presidential decisions to renew emergency state must be approved by the country’s parliament.

NAN reports that under the resolution, the Egyptian military and police forces would “take the necessary measures to confront the dangers and funding of terrorism, safeguard security across the whole country, and protect public and private property and citizens.”

This is the eighth consecutive time that the Egyptian government to make such a decision.

The state of emergency allows the authorities to adopt broader powers, including the imposition of curfews and restrictions on the media.

It could also allow the Egyptian president to issue verbal or written instructions to spy on citizens’ communication, censor media outlets and close their printing presses. (Xinhua/NAN)