SUN 8 - 12 - 2019
Feb 12, 2019
The Daily Star
Egypt Parliament to vote to extend Sisi's rule this week
CAIRO: Egypt's parliament has rescheduled for this week its vote on proposed changes to the constitution that would allow President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office well beyond his current term, which ends in 2020.
Parliament spokesperson Ahmad Saad al-Din said Sunday that the legislature would hold the crucial vote on Wednesday, instead of a scheduled meeting on Feb. 17.
The 596-seat assembly had given its preliminary approval to the changes last week.
The motion is near-certain to be overwhelmingly approved by the legislature, which is packed with Sisi's supporters, but the amendments would also need to be put to a national referendum to become law.
The proposed amendments also include the introduction of the role of vice president and the reintroduction of a Senate, or upper chamber.
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