CAIRO — Egypt’s Parliament on Tuesday handed amendments to the Structure that might permit President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stay in energy till 2030.
The vote, which sends the amendments to a nationwide referendum, was seen by critics as one other step again to authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy rebellion ended Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade rule.
The 596-member meeting, full of Mr. el-Sisi’s supporters, overwhelmingly gave its preliminary approval in February.
“Right now we’re concluding what we began in February,” Speaker Ali Abdel-Al mentioned originally of Tuesday’s session. “On this nice day, we provide to the Egyptian individuals a draft invoice of the constitutional amendments.”
The nationwide referendum is prone to happen earlier than early Might when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins.
Since early April, the Egyptian capital has been awash with massive banners encouraging individuals to vote in favor of the adjustments. In Cairo’s central Tahrir Sq., the place mass protests grew to become the image of the 2011 anti-Mubarak rebellion and of hopes for democratic change in Egypt, the posters urge individuals to vote within the referendum.
The constitutional adjustments would prolong a president’s time period in workplace from 4 to 6 years and permit for a most of two phrases. However additionally they embody a particular article particular to Mr. el-Sisi that extends his present second four-year time period to 6 years and permits him to run for one more six-year time period in 2024 — doubtlessly extending his rule till 2030.
The February draft of the particular article was totally different, proposing to permit Mr. el-Sisi to run for 2 extra six-year phrases after his present time period expires in 2022, presumably placing him on the helm of Egypt till 2034.
No motive was given for the change, apparently made by the committee that drafted the ultimate model of the textual content.
It has been practically six years since Mr. el-Sisi led the navy overthrow of the nation’s first freely elected president, Mohammed Morsi, after mass protests in opposition to his rule.
Mr. El-Sisi was elected president first in 2014 and re-elected to a different four-year time period final yr in any case doubtlessly severe challengers have been arrested or pressured to withdraw.