‘No carrots, only sticks' for the Palestinians    In search of historical women    Suez Canal Authority head hails role of simulation centre in training his staff    Egypt govt increases aid to Federation of Arab Journalists to EGP 2 mln per year    Why the dollar went south    Kenya's high court unanimously upholds ban on gay sex    Tennis: Nadal and Djokovic head French Open cast as Federer returns    BP nears sale of stake in Egyptian oil firm to Dragon Oil: sources    France clears path to extradite Argentine torture suspect    Saudi Crown Prince meets Sudan's military council deputy heed: SPA    British PM May resigns, paving way for Brexit confrontation with EU    Arsene Wenger says his football future may not be in management    Pochettino optimistic Kane will play in Champions League final    72nd Cannes Film Festival: It's all about fresh talents    Egypt's tourism ministry seeks to obtain UNDP's Gender Equality Seal    SODIC to pay EGP 1.2bn of outstanding land dues in 2019    Fanzir plans to launch 3 projects, open HQ in Egypt: Aljishi    Tazkarty, online booking for AFCON tickets launched    Banking draft law will not impose term limits on state-owned banks' board members: source    US warns Al-Assad following suspected chemical attack    Huawei sales will not be affected by Google's suspension of business: MTI    Four women challenge male-dominated food market in Ramadan    Lack of proper waste management in Egypt causes accumulation of marine plastic litter    Aiisha Ramadan & SADAFA Collaborate for SS'19 Arab Fashion Week    Shoukry, Sadadi convene in Cairo over regional updates    Kazakhstan offers huge investment opportunities: AIFC    12 alleged militants killed in two separate raids in Al-Arish    Repatriation: Why Western museums should return African artefacts    Omani author Jokha Alharthi wins prestigious Booker International Prize    Al-Karma to publish Tawfik's last short story collection in June    Breaking the record    Amending judicial regulations    Pre-emptive strikes    Mubarak speaks    Newsreel    Connected for exams    Egypt name national team's initial squad for AFCON 2019    General Prosecutor orders release of five prominent detainees    Mascot revealed, tickets on sale    Only one path to glory    Messages to Tehran    Don't miss Al-Leila Al-Kebira puppet theatre operetta at Al-Hanager Arts Centre    In search of historical women    Twelve alleged militants killed in shootout with police    Malawians vote in tough presidential election    Angry at being dubbed a hustler, Maradona dismisses new film    President Sisi receives citizens for Iftar at his private residence    The alternative economy in Ramadan    

Thank you for reporting!
This image will be automatically disabled when it gets reported by several people.

Emergency extended
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 10 - 05 - 2016

Prime Minister Sherif Ismail addressed parliament on Tuesday on President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi's decision to extend a state of emergency in parts of North Sinai for three more months.
Ismail said the decision (Decree 187/2016) states that the extension of the state of emergency is necessary to fight terrorism in designated parts of North Sinai, contain the dangerous security conditions there, and safeguard the country's eastern borders with the Gaza Strip against any terrorist threats.
The decree was referred to the general committee on Tuesday for discussion and revision. North Sinai MPs said terrorist threats are confined to just one per cent of the total size of the governorate. They, however, insisted that combating terrorism in North Sinai should not be limited to security measures but also to implementing major development projects there.
Other MPs, including Kamal Amer, chairman of parliament's Defence and National Security Committee, stressed that army and police forces should coordinate to fight terrorists in Sinai.
“We know that security has suffered from a security vacuum for a long time and that this made for fertile ground for terrorists coming from the Gaza Strip, or from Libya, or returning from Afghanistan and other war-torn countries like Syria and Iraq,” said Amer.
“Terrorists in North Sinai receive weapons through underground tunnels and by sea to launch their attacks in Egypt. The state of emergency is limited to troubled areas and helps deter terrorists from carrying out their operations.” He added, “In fighting these terrorists, the army is always keen that civilians remain safe.”
Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal indicated that Ismail's statement came after the government officially informed parliament of President Al-Sisi's decision to extend the state of emergency in North Sinai for three more months.
According to Article 154 of the constitution, the government must inform parliament of the president's decision to implement a state of emergency within seven days, and that the decision applicable for no more than three months must be approved by two-thirds of MPs.‎
Although Al-Sisi decided on 29 April to extend the state of emergency, parliament was officially informed of the decision on 8 May.
Abdel-Aal indicated that Article ‎131 of parliament's internal bylaws states that the prime minister must address parliament within 24 hours to inform MPs of the reason behind the extension.
The decree states that emergency measures are to be imposed in areas including the region from the east of Rafah Hill to Al-Awga west of Al-Arish.
A curfew will be imposed in the region from 7pm to 6am, although Al-‎Arish city, the capital of North Sinai, and the international road from the Al-Midan checkpoint to the entrance of Al-Arish city from the east will see a four-‎hour curfew starting from 1am until 5am, or until further notice.‎
The decree states that any citizen found guilty of violating curfew hours could face imprisonment according to emergency Law 162/1985.‎
Alaa Abdel-Moneim, the parliamentary spokesman for the Support Egypt bloc, surprised all by denouncing the government's failure to inform parliament of the extension in a timely manner.
“The government should have informed parliament of this decision earlier because although it was issued on 29 April, parliament was informed on 8 May, or after nine days,” said Abdel-‎Moneim. “This is in violation of Article ‎154 of the constitution, which stipulates that parliament must be officially informed of the extension decision within seven days.”
Said Abdel-Moneim, “I urge the government to respect the constitution.” He added, “The government has not submitted the 2016-2017 state budget to parliament on time. Instead of presenting this budget to parliament on 1 April, it came at a later date.”
In response, Speaker Abdel-Aal assured deputies that the extension of the state of emergency in North Sinai will go into effect only after parliament's approval.
“I also want to make it clear that while President Al-Sisi referred the extension decree to the government on 4 May, the government sent it to parliament on 8 May, or within seven days,” said Abdel-‎Aal.‎
The initial decision to impose a state of emergency in North Sinai came in August 2013 by then-interim president Adli Mansour after the violent unrest in the country following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Hundreds of security and army personnel have been killed in North Sinai since 2013, with Ansar Beit Al-‎Maqdis, an Islamist militant group affiliated to Islamic State, declaring responsibility for most of the attacks.

Clic here to read the story from its source.