Egypt’s President Sisi ended the state of emergency for the first time in years

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Cairo, October 25 (Reuters) – The Egyptian state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Monday.

Egypt declared a state of emergency in April 2017 after fatal bomb attacks on churches and has since routinely extended it

every three months, despite the improved security situation.

“Egypt has … become an oasis of security and stability in the region,” Sisi wrote in a Facebook post. “Therefore, for the first time in years, it was decided to lift the extension of the state of emergency in all areas of the country.”

The state of emergency granted the authorities extensive powers to make arrests and to take action against so-called enemies of the state.

It was used during the prolongation of a crackdown on political dissent under Sisi that has swept along both liberal and Islamist critics in recent years.

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Prominent Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat welcomed the decision, saying it would stop using emergency courts for state security, although it would not apply to some high profile cases that have already been referred to such courts.

(Refile to correct the spelling of the Egyptian activist’s surname in the last paragraph)

Reporting by Omar Fahmy; Letter from Nayera Abdallah; Editing by Peter Cooney

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