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Egypt to vote on extending Sisi’s rule

Egypt’s Parliament, packed with loyalists of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, began on Tuesday a session to vote on changes to the Constitution that could keep the former military chief in power until 2030.

The proposed amendments were initially introduced in February and updated this week after several rounds of debates.

It includes changing Article 140 of the Constitution to allow the Egyptian president to extend his current four-year term, which ends in 2022, by two years. A further change would permit Mr. Sisi to stand for another six-year term to remain President until 2030.

Parliament is also due to vote on a controversial article which may allow the military a greater influence in political life.

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