President imposes State of Emergency


Egypt’s Cabinet has declared a three month state of emergency across the whole country two days after 46 people were killed in bombings of Coptic Christian churches. The move has to be approved by a two-thirds majority in parliament.

The last time Egypt had a state of emergency was after President Anwar Sadat was assassinated in 1981. That state of emergency lasted for 30 years and was one of the key reasons for the revolt against and ultimate fall of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Naturally the imposition of a state of emergency which gives the president and police sweeping powers is causing some consternation amongst the public.

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