Egypt– President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi lifted Egypt’s state of emergency for the first time in 4 years.
“Egypt has become an oasis of security and stability in the region,” Sisi wrote in a Facebook post. “Hence it was decided, for the first time in Years, to cancel the state of emergency across the country.”
“This decision came in light of Egyptians’ participation in all aspects of development in the last few years… “I announce this decision while remembering Egyptian martyrs with pride and appreciation as we would have not reached this state of stability and safety without them.” The post read.
The Country’s nationwide state of emergency was imposed in April 2017 after two deadly bombings of Coptic churches killed dozens of people.
The attacks were claimed by an affiliate group of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS), leading to the consistent extension at three-month intervals on the grounds of fighting terrorism, protecting national security, and implementing development programs in a stable climate.
Under the decree, “the Egyptian armed forces and police are to take measures necessary to confront the dangers and the funding of terrorism, safeguard security across the country and protect public and private property,” according to the Egyptian government’s State Information Service.