Egyptian Parliament adopts constitutional amendments to allow al-Sisi to remain in power

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi speaks during a news conference with Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (unseen) about ways to combat illegal immigration to Europe at the El-Thadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, October 11, 2016. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh - RTSRRVD

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The Egyptian Parliament on Tuesday voted to support amendments to the country’s constitution, which enable President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remain in office until 2030, Arab media reported on Tuesday.

Now in Egypt, a referendum will be held in which citizens will vote on amendments to the constitution.

The amendments, in particular, allow al-Sisi to extend from four to six years his current presidential term, which, according to the previous wording of the constitution, ends in 2022.

Also, thanks to the amendments, al-Sisi will be able to participate in the elections even after this term expires. Thus, with a favorable course of events for him, al-Sisi will be able to retain the post of president until 2030.

Fattah al-Sisi became president of Egypt in 2014, in 2018 he was re-elected, gaining 97% of the vote.

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