Egypt's President Ends State of Emergency

Egypt's President Ends State of Emergency

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi will lift the state of emergency for the first time in years. Egypt imposed a state of emergency in April 2017, after deadly bombings on churches.

Ummatimes - Since the bombing incident, Egypt has routinely extended its state of emergency at three-month intervals. Egypt has maintained a state of emergency for several years, despite the improving security situation.
 
"Egypt has become an oasis of security and stability in the region. Therefore, for the first time in years, I am canceling the extension of the state of emergency in all areas of the country," Sisi said.
 
The state of emergency empowers the authorities to make arrests, and take action against enemies of the state. Sisi's government has imposed a crackdown on dissent, and has silenced liberal critics over the past few years.


Leading Egyptian activist Hossam Baghat welcomed the government's decision to end the state of emergency. He said lifting the state of emergency would stop the use of emergency state security courts. However, this will not apply to some of the high-profile cases that have been referred to the court.
 
Egyptian security forces have been battling an insurgency by Islamic State-linked insurgents in northern Sinai. But recently, ISIS fighters have been consolidating their positions in the area.