Egypt renews state of emergency for 3 months

Egypt’s parliament on Saturday (May 4th) approved a presidential decree to extend the nationwide state of emergency for a further three months, AFP reported.

Parliament held an extraordinary session on Saturday to discuss President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's decree (208/2019) last week to extend the state of emergency unit until July 24th.

The parliament vote was preceded by an address made by Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, who said the renewal was part of the armed forces' efforts to fight terrorism.

The vote on the decree was passed by a comfortable majority.

Madbouly praised efforts exerted by security forces in fighting crime and trans-national terrorism, which he described as dangerous to national security.

Under the state of emergency, the armed forces and the police will take the necessary measures to confront terrorism and its financing, maintain security throughout the country and protect public and private properties.

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