Egypt will consider extending the presidential term from four to six years, a senior legislator has said, which could allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to stay in power beyond 2022 when his second term ends.
The speaker of Egypt’s parliament, Ali Abdelaal, said on Sunday he received a motion from MPs proposing constitutional amendments that will be considered by Parliament after it is discussed in committee. He gave no details on the recommended changes.
But Abdel-Hadi al-Qassabi, head of the Support Egypt parliamentary bloc that is sponsoring the amendments, said they included extending the presidential term.
Dalia Fahmy, an associate professor of political science at Long Island University in New Jersey, talks to Al Jazeera about the significance of the proposed legislation.
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