CAIRO, October 25 (Reuters) – The state of emergency in Egypt will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced on Monday.
Egypt imposed a state of emergency in April 2017 after deadly bombings of churches and has since steadily extended it
every three months, despite an improvement in the security situation.
“Egypt has become (…) an oasis of security and stability in the region,” Sisi wrote in a Facebook post. “It was therefore decided, for the first time in years, to cancel the extension of the state of emergency in all regions of the country.
The state of emergency has given authorities sweeping powers to make arrests and suppress what they call enemies of the state.
It was applied during the extension of the crackdown on political dissent under Sisi that has swept aside liberal and Islamist criticism in recent years.
Egyptian security forces have also fought an insurgency by militants linked to the Islamic State in northern Sinai, although they have recently consolidated their position in the region. Read more
Prominent Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat hailed the decision, saying it would end the use of state of emergency security courts, although it would not apply to some high-profile cases already submitted. at these courses.
(Refile to correct the spelling of the Egyptian activist’s last name in the last paragraph)
Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Written by Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Peter Cooney
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