Source: The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Author(s): Yasmin Omar
Original Link: https://timep.org/commentary/analysis/egypts-constitutional-amendments-a-nail-in-the-coffin-of-political-pluralism/
The Egyptian government is currently in the midst of amending its constitution, with grave consequences for the short-lived political pluralism that blossomed in the wake of the 2011 revolution. The amendments, if passed, will allow President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi to pursue up to two consecutive six-year terms after his current term ends in 2022. In addition to extending Sisi’s presidency to an effective lifetime, the amendments will also grant the executive authority over the judiciary and open the door to creating a totalitarian state. While these amendments fail to adhere to legal norms (as they breach Egypt’s existing constitution and international legal obligations), they also have wider implications for Egyptian political parties and freedom of association.
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