An Egyptian parliamentary ( Lawmakers ) committee on Tuesday approved proposed constitutional amendments which would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034 and boost his control of the judiciary.
The approval is the first step needed to move forward with the constitutional changes, which are expected to be finally endorsed by parliament and then move to a referendum within a few months.
The proposed amendments were submitted on Sunday to the speaker of parliament who heads the committee that approved the changes.
Any changes need approval by two-thirds of parliament members, followed by a referendum.
“This is a constitution made for a pharaoh,” said Mohamed Zaree of the Cairo Institute of Human Rights Studies. |”It gives a lot of authority with no accountability.”
Sisi supporters say the changes are necessary for the stability of the country and to give the president more time to implement economic development plans.