Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi has announced the extension of the state of emergency throughout the country for three additional months. An unexpected decision as the African Cup takes place from June 21 to July 19 in Egypt.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi has decided to extend the country’s state of emergency for the past two years by another three months on Thursday. Extended for the eighth time, this measure was published in the Egyptian Official Bulletin and comes into force from 25 April 2019 given the dangerous security situation in the country. The Egyptian Parliament had approved, in plenary session last January, the extension of three months of the state of emergency from January 15th. The last state of emergency was decreed by the Egyptian president on April 9, 2017, after deadly attacks left 45 dead in Coptic churches, particularly in Alexandria.
A state of emergency is a special situation in which the authorities and the army can take measures restricting freedoms such as banning traffic or putting a curfew in place. Why then organize an AfCON, given the dangerous security circumstances in the country?
Al-Sissi wants to face the security threats, but it risks spoiling the party and the atmosphere of this long-awaited African competition.