Emergency Extended in Egypt

Egypt’s parliament approved a three-month state of emergency.

The countrywide state of emergency was declared by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi after the attacks but required parliamentary approval according to the constitution.

The law was lifted after Mubarak stepped down but re-imposed temporarily in the years that followed.

Emergency grants the executive branch sweeping powers, allowing it to close companies, shutter media outlets, halt demonstrations and monitor personal communications without judicial approval.

Since President Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in 2011, Egypt has faced difficult times.

Its first democratically elected leader, Mohamed Morsi, was deposed by the military.

Then, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi became president and led a major crackdown against the Muslim Brotherhood.

Now, the country is facing even more challenges, from rising food prices to the military’s campagin against armed groups in the Sinai.