Egyptian Parliament to vote on amendments extending al-Sissi’s term

Abdel-fattah el-Sisi

The Egyptian Parliament convened on Tuesday to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi to stay in power beyond 2022 when his current and final term ends.

The amendments would extend al-Sissi’s current term from four to six years, to end in 2024.

A provisional article allows him to run for a third term, potentially staying in power until 2030.

The changes allow the president to appoint senior judicial positions and also envisage a bigger role for the army.

The changes must be approved by at least two-thirds of the 596-strong House of Representatives before they are put to a public referendum.

The legislature is dominated by al-Sissi loyalists.

Proponents say the changes are necessary for long-lasting stability in Egypt.

But opponents say the amendments are aimed at tightening al-Sissi’s hold on power and breach the judiciary’s independence.

Al-Sissi took office in 2014, a year after he led the army’s ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi following mass protests against his rule.

In 2018, he was re-elected with a landslide in polls that pitted him only against a self-declared loyalist.

SOURCE: dpa

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