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Egypt begins vote on extending el-Sissi's rule

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20th April, 2019 02:28:45 printer

Egypt begins vote on extending el-Sissi's rule

 

Egyptians have begun voting on constitutional amendments aimed at keeping President el-Sissi in power until 2030.

 

The referendum comes amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent in recent years. El-Sissi's government has arrested thousands of people, most of them Islamists but also prominent secular activists, and rolled back freedoms won in a 2011 pro-democracy uprising.

 

The proposed changes were blasted by critics as another major step toward authoritarian rule.

 

Egyptians are being asked to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030.

 

The three-day voting period for the nationwide referendum starts at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) Saturday.


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