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Tags: ML | Egypt

Egypt's Lawmakers Vote to Extend President's Term Limits

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 04:38 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — 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.

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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...
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