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Egypt extends state of emergency for 3 months

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 12, 2019
The Egyptian parliament approved on Thursday a three-month extension of an already-imposed state of emergency due to security challenges facing the Arab country, official MENA news agency reported.
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi
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The parliament approved a presidential decree to extend the emergency state by further 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 that 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.