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Egypt votes in referendum to extend Sisi’s rule to 2024

The three-day plebiscite is expected to approve sweeping constitutional changes that will extend Sisi’s term until at least 2024.

The 596-member assembly is packed with Sisi supporters, with 531 of the 554 legislators who attended the vote opting in favour of the constitutional changes. The amendments would allow Sisi, to run for another six-year term while boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in political life.

Egypt’s parliament had already passed the proposed amendments.

Sisi overthrew Morsi in 2013 and the following year won his first term as president. He was re-elected in March 2018 with more than 97 per cent of the vote after standing virtually unopposed.

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