Africa

Egypt lifts state of emergency for first time since 2017

16:17, 26 October 2021
Egypt lifts state of emergency for first time since 2017 Photo: Hildenbrand/MSC/securityconference.de

The status has been prolonged several times after church explosions in the country.


Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced that he will end the state of emergency introduced in the country in 2017 after a series of deadly church bombings and several extensions.

The plans were presented in a Twitter post on Monday.

“Thanks to its great people and loyal men, Egypt has become an oasis of security and stability in the region. Thus I decided, for the first time in years, to cancel the extension of the state of emergency throughout the country,” the President wrote.

He has also thanked the Egyptians for their participation and efforts put in the country’s progress and honored those who died in Palm Sunday church bombings reclaimed by the Islamic State*.

The Egyptian state of emergency entitles the government to additional powers including detentions of those declared enemies of the state. It has also been used to exercise pressure on the liberal and anti-Islamism movements. The practice was widely criticized by human rights advocates.

Egyptian military forces keep fighting IS militants in the Sinai Peninsula. The state of emergency in the region was introduced in 2014 after the emergence of ISIL fighters. Some regions also have a curfew starting at 7 p.m.

According to the government’s data, more than 1,000 extremists have been killed while the Egyptian army lost dozens of soldiers. In 2015, the insurgents destroyed Russia’s Airbus A321-231 killing 224 people including kids.

*ISIL, also known as ISIS, Islamic State, or Daesh is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia, and many other countries.