On the 26th local time, Egyptian President Sisi signed a presidential decree announcing that the state of emergency will be extended for another three months across the country from now on.
According to Egyptian law, in a state of emergency, Egyptian security forces will take necessary measures to respond to the threat of terrorism in order to maintain national stability and security, and protect the safety of people and private property.
In April of this year, the Egyptian Parliament passed a number of amendments to the “State of Emergency Law”, giving the president and government departments the power to close schools, prohibit public and private gatherings, prohibit the export of certain goods, and restrict trade in a state of emergency.
The State of Emergency Act was enacted in 1958. After President Sadat was assassinated, Egypt has implemented a state of emergency for 31 years since October 1981.
In April 2017, terrorist attacks occurred in the northern Egyptian cities of Tanta and Alexandria on the same day. President Sisi subsequently declared a nationwide emergency, which has continued to this day.