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Egypt's parliament to extend al-Sisi's presidential term until 2034

Feb. 15, 2019 2:55 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 17, 2019 11:24 A.M.)
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- The Egypt's parliament overwhelmingly approved constitutional changes to remove presidential term limits for President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, potentially authorizing him to stay in power until 2034.

The constitutional changes are part of a package of amendments that will be further examined before final approval in the chamber and a national referendum.

The changes were approved, on Thursday, by 485 lawmakers in the 596-seat body, allowing al-Sisi to run two more times for six-year terms and stay in power until 2034.

Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal said they would now be discussed by the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee for 60 days before being put to a referendum.

The national referendum will likely take place before May due to the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on approximately May 6th.

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