The Egyptian Parliament on Tuesday approved a constitutional reform that, among other things, would allow current president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to potentially remain in office until 2030.
The approval of the constitutional reform was reported by Egyptian media, including the website of Egyptian daily Shorouk. To be enacted, the reforms must be approved by a referendum.
MPs have approved the one that would increase presidential terms from four years to six years, including the current term. This change would allow Sisi to run for a third time after the end of his current term, which prior to the change was slated to end in 2022, according to the website of the main Egyptian daily al-Ahram.
An amendment has also been approved to give 25% of parliamentary seats to women and another amendment has been approved to reintroduce the role of vice president.
The referendum to approve the changes will take place April 22-24 and 55 million Egyptians are called to vote, al-Ahram said. Egyptians living abroad will vote Saturday, April 20 and Sunday, April 21. A positive result on the referendum is a foregone conclusion because there is practically no quorum and to make it valid the participation of 5% of eligible voters is enough.
A positive result on the referendum is a foregone conclusion because there is practically no quorum and to make it valid the participation of 5% of eligible voters is enough.
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