Egypt: Constitutional Amendments and Devious Routes

Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies

Author(s): Monitoring and Documentation Unit

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In an interview with CNBC in late 2017, Egypt’s Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi categorically denied an intention to amend the Egyptian Constitution. He also emphasized that he is committed to two 4-year presidential terms, and that he is against changing this system, adding: “We have a new Constitution now, and I am not with conducting any constitutional amendments during this period; I will respect the Constitution article that allows the President to remain in office for only two 4-year terms.”

Only a few months later, pro-regime media outlets early 2018 started to talk about constitutional amendments that allow Sisi to stay in power even after he ends his two terms in office stipulated by the Constitution of 2014, in addition to some other amendments.

In this report, we will examine various ideas put forward by circles close to the regime, through which we can discern details of these proposed amendments.

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