FILE: President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi
CAIRO - 24 April 2018: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi on Tuesday signed law No. 25 of 2018 on the establishment of the supreme council for combating terrorism and extremism.
The law, earlier passed by the parliament, stipulates that the council will be entrusted with mobilizing institutional and community support for countering all forms of terrorism, drying up its sources of funding and curing its roots.
The law states that the council will be an independent body with all technical, financial and administrative powers.
The new council is chaired by the president and gathers the parliament speaker, the prime minister, al Azhar grand imam, the pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the ministers of defense, Awqaf, youth and sports, social solidarity, foreign affairs, interior, communications and information technology, justice, education, and higher education, as well as the heads of the General Intelligence Directorate and the Administrative Control Authority.
According to the provisions of the law, the new council will replace the national council for combating terrorism and extremism formed upon the presidential decree no. 355 of 2017.
The law was published in the official gazette.