July 4, 2017 / 2:51 PM / 5 months ago

Egypt's parliament approves state of emergency extension

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision to extend a nationwide state of emergency for an additional three months, said Speaker of the House of Representatives Ali Abdelaal.

FILE PHOTO: Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivers a statement at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France November 26, 2014. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer/File Photo

“The reasons for which the state of emergency was declared are still in place and therefore it must be extended,” Abdelaal told lawmakers.

Parliament unanimously approved a three-month state of emergency in April, broadening the power of authorities to crack down on what it called enemies of the state after two church bombings killed at least 45.

Reporting by Nashat Hamdy; Writing by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Ahmed Aboulenein

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