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Egypt’s President El-Sisi ends state of emergency after more than four years

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said he was ending the state of emergency for the first time in years. (File/AFP)
Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said he was ending the state of emergency for the first time in years. (File/AFP)
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26 Oct 2021 12:10:36 GMT9
26 Oct 2021 12:10:36 GMT9
  • Since it was imposed in April 2017, it has been extended at three-month intervals

CAIRO: Egypt’s president said Monday he will not extend the state of emergency that had been imposed across the country for the first time in years.

President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi announced his decision in a Facebook post. He said the move came because “Egypt has become an oasis of security and stability in the region.”

Egypt first imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 and has extended it at three-month intervals since.

It was imposed following deadly church bombings and attacks on Coptic Christians that have killed more than 100 people and wounded scores. The government extended the order every three months after that.

The state of emergency allows for arrests without warrants, the swift prosecution of suspects and the establishment of special courts.

The emergency measure technically ended over the weekend.

(With AP and Reuters)

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