President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi attends a ceremony in Cairo. File photo
Egypt's state of emergency will be lifted for the first time in years, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi said on Monday.
The North African country has been under a state of emergency since April 2017 bombings of two Coptic churches by an Daesh group affiliate that killed more than 40 people.
Coptic Christians account for around 10 percent of Egypt's population.
"Egypt has become ... an oasis of security and stability in the region," Sisi wrote in a Facebook post. "Hence it was decided, for the first time in years, to cancel the extension of the state of emergency in all areas of the country."
This decision however would not apply to some high-profile cases already referred to such courts.
"Egypt has become, thanks to its great people and its loyal men, an oasis of security and stability in the region," Sisi said on Facebook.
"This is why I decided to cancel the renewal of the state of emergency throughout the country," he added.
Egypt's security forces have also been battling an insurgency by militants linked to Daesh in northern Sinai, although they have recently consolidated their position in the area.
Prominent Egyptian activist Hossam Bahgat welcomed the decision, saying it would stop the use of emergency state security courts, although it would not apply to some high-profile cases already referred to such courts.
Under a state of emergency, police powers such as arresting and holding citizens are extended and constitutional rights such as freedom of speech and assembly are curtailed.
Egypt has for years been battling a militant insurgency. The attacks have been largely concentrated in the northern Sinai Peninsula, but occasionally struck elsewhere in the country.
Since February 2018, the authorities have been conducting a nationwide operation against militants, mainly focused on North Sinai and the country's Western Desert, towards the border with Libya.
Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, commended the role played by Egypt in ensuring regional stability, noting that the current circumstances the region is passing through entail “cementing pan-Arab solidarity and cooperation to confront the besetting challenges.” The UAE’s top diplomat’s remarks came during his meeting on Sunday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi who reaffirmed his country’s support for the UAE during the critical stage the region is experiencing.
Egypt’s state news agency said expats have started voting on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fatah Al Sisi to stay in power until 2030.
Nearly 90 per cent of Egyptian voters taking part in a referendum have backed constitutional changes that could see President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi stay in power until 2030, the election commission said on Tuesday.
On November 23, researchers discovered a new "abnormally multiple mutations. Some of the mutations are already known and affect transmissibility and immune evasion, but many more are new.
An official source from the Saudi Interior Ministry said: “It has been decided to allow direct entry of travellers from all countries, for all those who have received a dose of the from 4/12/2021, provided that institutional quarantine procedures are applied to them for three days.”
The amendments offer special benefits for people of determination in order to enhance their benefit and participation in this vital sector.
Any couple conceiving a child out of wedlock will be required to marry or singly or jointly acknowledge the child and provide identification papers and travel documents in accordance with the laws of the country of which either is a national, considering the applicable laws of that nation. Failing this, a criminal case would introduce a prison term of two years for both correspondents.