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Egyptians vote on giving President Sisi more powers


Egyptians voted 'on Saturday in a three-day referendum on constitutional changes that could allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030 and boost the role of the powerful military.

Mr. Sisi’ s supporters say the changes are necessary to give him more time to complete major development projects and economic reforms. Critics say they concentrate more power in Mr. Sisi’s hands.

If approved, the amendments would extend Mr. Sisi’s current term to six years from four and allow him to run again for a third six-year term in 2024.

They would also grant the President control over appointing head judges and the public prosecutor from a pool of candidates. They would task the military with protecting “the Constitution and democracy and the fundamental make-up of the country and its civil nature".

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