Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Monday evening ended the state of emergency in the country for the first time in years.
“I decided for the first time in years to cancel the extension of the state of emergency throughout the country,” al-Sisi said on Facebook.
On April 10, 2017, the Egyptian parliament approved declaring a state of emergency for three months to “confront the dangers of terrorism” in response to bombings that targeted two churches in the north of the country, killing at least 45 people. Daesh/ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks.
“I am glad that we share together the moment that we have long sought with struggle and hard work. Egypt has become, thanks to its great people and loyal men, an oasis of security and stability in the region,” he said.
Under the state of emergency, which has consistently been renewed in accordance with the constitution, Egyptian authorities have the right to evacuate areas, impose a curfew, take strict security measures and punish violators with imprisonment.