Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Author(s): Timothy E. Kaldas
Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/doubling-down-on-dictatorship/
In one of the least surprising political developments in Egypt since 2013, President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi’s allies are moving to amend Egypt’s constitution so that he can continue to rule the country until 2034. Since deposing then-president Muhammad Morsi in 2013 and becoming president in 2014, Sisi and his allies have worked assiduously to consolidate his power over Egypt. These amendments—which both expand his control over state institutions and extend his rule so that he may remain president up to 20 years—are fully consistent with his efforts since the coup of 2013 and his rise to the presidency the following year. This latest effort to expand and entrench Sisi’s power will almost certainly succeed, but it does offer a rare opportunity for Egyptians to say no to Sisi’s political projects.
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