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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]

Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil El Sisi could stay much longer Egyptian President after a constitutional change than previously possible.

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The parliament in Cairo approved on Tuesday a corresponding constitutional amendment with the required two-thirds majority.

In order to be valid, the amendment must now be confirmed within 30 days in a referendum by simple majority which is scheduled for 22-24 April.

Sisi served as secretary of defense and army commander-in-chief in July 2013, then president Muhammad Mursi overthrown by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood.

In May 2014, he was first elected president and re-elected in April 2018, according to official figures, with 97 percent of the vote.

Independent observers described the elections as directed the military-backed Sisi has been hard-hitting the opposition in the country for years.

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According to the current constitution, the 64-year-old Sisi can not stand for re-election after two terms of four years.

Shortly after his re-election last year, however, there were increasing indications that the regime was making efforts to amend the relevant paragraph 140 of the Egyptian constitution.

In February, the amendments proposed by Parliament, in which Sisi’s supporters set the tone, were in principle approved and subsequently discussed further in the committee on constitutional and legislative affairs.

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The committee held hearings labeled as “National Dialogue”, to which, according to reports by independent Egyptian media, only selected participants were invited.

Followers of Sisi see as the President the only guarantor of the stability of Egypt; the constitutional change they call “the will of the people”.

Opposition, on the other hand, criticised the changes that extend the power of the regime.

Read also: El-Sisi: Permanent seat for Africa in Security Council

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Zubair Yaqoob
Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at wnobserver.com He can be reached at: [email protected]
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