Egyptian president al-Sissi wins power extension vote

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi was approved Tuesday by lawmakers to have an extended rule and stay in office until 2030.

Legislature of Arab world’s most populous nation is dominated by Sissi’s loyalists and opposition is mostly silenced to constitutional amendments with measures like arrest and shutting down online protest campaign against him. Online content is usually restricted that allowed people access to the opposition campaign.

The vote favoring Sissi was widely expected and with one abstention the sweeping changes were approved by 531 to 22.

The amendments came after weeks of debates and parliamentary hearings. Public referendum is awaited. It is a three-day process and expected to begin next week.

However, critics believe there will be no free and fair vote and may people in the country fear the politician.

Egyptian American physician and activist, Dina Darwish, said such voting which is based on fear cannot be a democratic one.

The vote favoring Sissi was widely expected and with one abstention the sweeping changes were approved by 531 to 22.

If the referendum is in favor of Sissi, he would be getting an extension of two more years and can run again in 2024. In theory it means he can remain in power until 2030.

Meanwhile, United States President Donald Trump described Sissi as a great president and doing a great job.

Paul Linus

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