Egypt’s Sisi declares three-month state of emergency

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President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared a three-month state of emergency in Egypt following twin church bombings that killed dozens of people in two cities on Sunday.

Under the country's constitution, Sisi will have to put the measure before parliament, which is stacked with his supporters, for approval within a week.

Sisi announced the "state of emergency for three months" in a defiant speech at the presidential palace after a meeting of the national defense council.

He also announced the formation of a supreme council tasked with confronting terrorism and extremism in Egypt. During the speech after Sunday's aftermath in Alexandria and Tanta, Sisi also called on the international community to hold to account states that have supported terrorists during the past few years.

ISIS has claimed responsibility for the church bombings in the Nile Delta cities of Alexandria and Tanta in which at least 44 people were killed.


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