Egyptian MPs back changes that could keep Sisi in power till 2034


Egyptian MPs back changes that could keep Sisi in power till 2034
Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, President of Egypt and the incoming chairperson of the African Union (AU), attends a news conference during a closing of the 32nd Ordinary Session of the African Union annual summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, February 11, 2019.

In Summary

  • The Egyptian parliament on Thursday approved in principle proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and boost his control of the judiciary.

The Egyptian parliament on Thursday approved in principle proposed constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and boost his control of the judiciary.

Parliament Speaker Ali Abdelaal said that 485 MPs of the 596-seat assembly voted in favour of the changes, comprising more than the two-thirds majority needed to pass the amendments.

The proposed changes will now go for a review in a parliamentary committee and then return to parliament for a second vote before they are presented for a national referendum expected before the middle of the year.

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