• Egypt’s Sisi rules out extending presidential term


    CAIRO: Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ruled out a constitutional amendment to extend his term, saying an election would be held next year and he will not run again in 2022, in an interview with CNBC Monday. Sisi is a former army chief who overthrew his Islamist predecessor in 2013 and won an election a year later. Some of his supporters including a member of parliament want to allow Sisi to stay longer in office by extending the time between elections and removing the two four-year-term limit. But Sisi said elections will take place as scheduled in March or April 2018 and he would not ask for a constitutional amendment. Sisi did not say he would run again but the former field marshal is expected to stand and win in another landslide in the absence of any serious opposition. “I’m with preserving two four year terms and not to change it,” he told the American broadcaster. Sisi won the 2014 election with about 97 percent of the vote. His only opponent, Hamdeen Sabahi, received less votes than spoiled ballots.



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