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Defiant President al-Sisi calls for national unity

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Defiant President al-Sisi calls for national unity

<p>Hours after the two blasts against Coptic churches, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi made a defiant speech calling for national unity. He also announced a three month state of emergency which allows the authorities to make arrests without warrants. It needs to be approved by parliament before it is implemented. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><span class="caps">LIVE</span>: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Egypt?src=hash">#Egypt</a>'s <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Sisi?src=hash">#Sisi</a> declares state of emergency for three months after <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Alexandria?src=hash">#Alexandria</a>, <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Tanta?src=hash">#Tanta</a> church bombings <a href="https://t.co/ID5G8YeQXE">https://t.co/ID5G8YeQXE</a> <a href="https://t.co/96QZYnzHhe">pic.twitter.com/96QZYnzHhe</a></p>— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) <a href="https://twitter.com/AlArabiya_Eng/status/851150403228094464">April 9, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“Today, a decision was taken to form a higher committee for combating terrorism and extremism in Egypt. It will be formed by a law, allowing this committee to take control of the whole situation,” said President Sisi.</p> <p>The president had earlier ordered the deployment of the military across the country to protect “vital and important infrastructure”. </p> <p>The move is likely to raise concerns among human rights activists, observers say. The president, a former army chief, has been criticised by local and international groups for severe restrictions on civil and political rights in Egypt.</p>