Egypt to discuss new extension to state of emergency

Secretary general of Egypt's parliament Ahmed Saadeddin has announced there will be an extraordinary meeting of parliament on Saturday (May 5th) to discuss an extension to the state of emergency, Ahram Online reported Thursday.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly is expected to address parliament on the reasons that justify the new three-month extension, pursuant to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decree No. 208/2019.

The decree aims to extend the state of emergency for a new period of three months, through late July.

Following Madbouly's statement, parliament’s general committee will meet to discuss the decree, the reasons behind the new extension, and prepare a report that will be put to vote.

According to Article 2 of the decree, the armed forces and police will take charge of implementing the new extension, and will take all measures necessary to defend the country against the dangers of terrorism and its funding.

They will be charged with preserving security throughout the country, and safeguarding private and public property and the lives of citizens.

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