Egypt votes to extend state of emergency for 3 months

Egypt's parliament voted on Thursday (July 11th) in favour of a presidential decree (217/2019) extending the country’s state of emergency for three more months, Ahram Online reported.

The extension will begin at 1 p.m. July 25th.

On May 5th, parliament voted in favour of extending the state of emergency, which has been extended every three months for the past two years.

The state of emergency was first imposed in April 2017 after two church bombings which killed 47 people.

Article 2 of the decree allows security forces to "take [measures] necessary to confront the dangers and funding of terrorism and safeguard security in all parts of the country".

Egypt launched a large-scale counter-terrorism campaign involving the police and the military last year to crush extremists, including the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS), based mainly in North Sinai.

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