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.

The latest extension is set to come into effect on Saturday, according to the official gazette.

The emergency law expands police powers of arrest, surveillance and seizure, and can limit freedom of movement.

Under Egypt’s constitution, the three-month state of emergency can only be renewed once, but the president can subsequently reinstate it.

Parliament approved the current state of emergency in April last year, after two suicide bombings at churches on Palm Sunday, claimed by Daesh (ISIS), killed at least 45 people in the cities of Tanta and Alexandria.

Source: National News Agency