The Egyptian military, directed by Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, has appointed 19 generals as provincial governors, with civilian governors mostly being Mubarak loyalists. This is raising great concerns that Egypt could go backwards to a time of authoritarianism as existed under Mubarak.
" Egypt's presidency responded in mid-afternoon by declaring a state of emergency, to last for one month. Shortly after, the cabinet imposed an overnight curfew for the entire emergency period on 14 governorates. These include Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Suez and six Upper Egyptian provinces.- Advertisement -
Later in the evening, Egypt's armed forces, which played an auxillary role in backing police actions throughout the day, issued a statement vowing to act with "utmost firmness" against anyone violating the curfew.
The state of emergency gives the police greater powers to arrest and detain citizens without a court order.