A three-month state of emergency has been declared in parts of Egypt's Sinai Peninsula after two attacks killed at least 33 security personnel on Friday.

It's being seen as a setback for the government, which had ramped up its efforts to deal with what it calls "terrorists" in the Sinai as well as in other parts of Egypt.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi accused outside elements of plotting the attacks but stopped short of naming any group.

His interior minister said the Muslim Brotherhood and the Salafists would win if a vote was  held today. He argued this was because of the weakness of other political parties and the civil society in Egypt.

Does that mean that the government will not fullfil the political road map announced after the coup last year? And has its security approach failed?

Presenter: Sami Zeidan


Maha Azzam - the head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council - a group that unites anti-coup movements and political powers, including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Tawfik Hamid - a political commentator and the author of the book Inside Jihad: Understanding and Confronting Radical Islam.

Carool Kersten - a senior lecturer in the study of Islam and the Muslim world at King's College London.

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Source: Al Jazeera