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.


Turkey detains Kurdish opposition members over terrorism links

Updated 01 October 2020

Turkey detains Kurdish opposition members over terrorism links

  • The detainees included local party heads from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and municipality council members in the province

ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities detained 19 people including two Kurdish deputy mayors in the northeastern province of Kars as part of a terrorism related operation, state-owned Anadolu news agency said on Thursday.
The detainees included local party heads from the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and municipality council members in the province, Anadolu said.
The authorities detained suspects as they were determined to have aided Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) members, attended meetings and operated under their orders, Anadolu said.
Last week, the HDP mayor of Kars along with dozens others were detained over violent protests in 2014 against an attack on the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani.
President Tayyip Erdogan’s government accuses the HDP of having links to the PKK militant group, leading to prosecutions of thousands of its members and some leaders. The HDP denies such links.
Since March 2019 local elections, mayors have been replaced by trustees in more than half of the roughly 65 municipalities won by the HDP. Ankara has appointed governors and other local authorities as trustees in those districts.
The former co-leaders of the HDP have both been jailed since 2016 on terrorism charges, with several other prominent party members accused of supporting terrorism over what the government says are links to the PKK.