Egypt’s El-Sisi extends state of emergency of 2017 for another 3 months

The decree said the extension will allow armed forces and police to safeguard security. (File/AFP)
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Updated 23 July 2020

Egypt’s El-Sisi extends state of emergency of 2017 for another 3 months

  • The state of emergency was first instated in 2017
  • Over two-thirds of MPs voted for the extension

DUBAI: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi has extended the state of emergency for another three months after it was approved by parliament, national daily Ahram Online reported.
The state of emergency was first instated in 2017 after two deadly church bombings and has been consistently renewed at three months intervals.
The extension will allow Egypt’s armed forces and police to “take [measures] necessary to confront the dangers and the funding of terrorism and to safeguard security in all parts of the country,” the published decree said.
Over two-thirds of MPs voted for the extension, parliament speaker Ali Abdel-Aal was quoted by Ahram Online.


World Food Programme plans wheat imports for Beirut

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World Food Programme plans wheat imports for Beirut

  • WFP is ready to offer supply chain management and logistical support to Lebanon

ZURICH, Switzerland: The World Food Programme plans to import wheat flour and grains for bakeries and mills to help protect against food shortages across Lebanon after a blast wrecked its main port in Beirut, the United Nations agency said on Friday.
“WFP is concerned that the explosion and the damage to the port will exacerbate an already grim food security situation – that has worsened because of the country’s profound financial crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic,” a spokeswoman said in notes prepared for a UN briefing in Geneva, adding it would be providing food parcels to thousands of families.
“WFP also stands ready to offer supply chain management and logistical support and expertise to Lebanon,” it said.