Egypt’s lawmakers vote to extend president’s term limits

Written by on April 16, 2019

Egypt’s parliament is holding the last debate on proposed amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi remain in power until 2030.

Tuesday’s session comes ahead of a final vote by lawmakers on the changes to the 2014 charter, before the amendments are put on a national referendum, likely before early May when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts.

The proposals would only extend a president’s term in office from four to six years. But they include a special article to extend el-Sissi’s current, second term to six years and allow him to run for another six-year term in 2024.

Critics of the move argue that Egypt is slipping back into authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended autocrat Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule.

Source: Fox News World

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