Egypt parliament vote to extend Sisi term

Egypt parliament vote to extend Sisi term

April 15, 2019

Egypt's parliament will vote on Tuesday on constitutional amendments including an extension to President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's current four-year-term.

Proposed constitutional amendments had previously suggested that Sisi would be allowed to seek two new six-year terms after his current one expires in 2022.

But according to a recent draft, those latest amendments could allow Sisi to stay in power until 2030 by extending his current term by two more years and allowing him to run once again in 2024.

State television on Sunday reported parliament's legislative committee had approved the amendments and they were ready to go to the full house for a vote, scheduled for Tuesday.

Speaker, Ali Abdelaal, said the changes were the result of civic discussions organised by parliament to hear diverse views on the proposed amendments.

If approved by parliament, the amendments would be put to a public referendum, widely expected later this month, before they go into effect, Abdelaal said.


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