Egyptian army soldier stands guard in front of Saint Joseph's Roman Catholic Church in Cairo, Egypt December 31, 2017. Picture taken December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egyptian lawmakers Tuesday extended for three months a state of emergency first declared following deadly April church bombings, state TV reported.Egypt had extended the state of emergency for a second time in October.Under Egypt's constitution, the three-month state of emergency can only be renewed once, but the president can subsequently reinstate it.Egypt had been ruled for decades under a state of emergency, which was cancelled a month before Islamist president Mohamed Morsi took power in 2012 .
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