How to watch the Olympics in Egypt
Posted January 23, 2018 11:07:00Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has declared a state of emergency in his country amid the country’s worst flooding crisis in decades, with more than 6 million people suffering from the deadly waterlogged conditions.
The emergency decree issued on Saturday suspends all civil and criminal proceedings, including those for rioting, while allowing police to arrest people who are not present at court and confiscate property.
The decree is in response to a report by the National Water Management Authority, which said in March that Egypt had the third highest number of deaths in 2016 among the three Nile flood-prone countries.
The country has also been hit by drought and heavy rains.
The country has been under the control of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi’s Muslim Brotherhood for decades, but was toppled by a military coup in 2013.
The Muslim Brotherhood has been fighting for a democratic, secular and non-Islamist future in the country since the overthrow of Egypt’s military in 2013, which led to the overthrow and killing of President Mohammed Morsi in 2014.
Egypt’s interior ministry said in a statement on Sunday that the order will come into force on January 23.
The announcement comes as the country prepares to host the Summer Olympics, which begin in the southern city of Alexandria on July 5.
The Olympics will be the second time that the country has hosted the Games, and are the most expensive sporting event in the world, according to the International Olympic Committee.
The IOC has said that the Egyptian government must ensure that water supplies are adequate, as well as that there are enough tents and facilities for the athletes and spectators.
The government has been facing a water crisis, with the country facing a drought that has led to severe flooding in several areas.
According to the Ministry of Health, the country had a record-high number of cases of acute water intoxication last month.
The ministry said on Saturday that nearly 4,500 people had died from the illness.
The Ministry of Water and Sanitation has reported more than 1.8 million cases of water intoxication in the past month, the highest number since January.