Egyptian Voters Approved Constitutional Changes in the Referendum

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Nearly 90 percent of Egyptian voters approved constitutional changes in a referendum, the election commission said Tuesday.

 

The changes pave the way for President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030. The parliament agreed to the constitutional amendment earlier.

The turnout during the three-day referendum was more than 44 percent, and 89 percent agreed with the amendments, the committee said. More than 23.4 million voters approved the changes.

The changes will extend Sisi’s current term from four to six years and allow him to stay a third six-year term in 2024.

The president is also empowered to appoint judges and prosecutors from a pool of candidates. The Egyptian army is given a more dominant role in protecting “the constitution and democracy.”

Sisi’s supporters say he has stabilised Egypt and needs more time to reform and develop the economy. Critics fear that the constitutional changes will reduce the scope for politics and debate.

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