In Egypt krattas it in the incentive to the incumbent president Abdelfattah al-Sisi should be able to extend their time in power.
the Parliament voted the other day by a large majority an amendment in the constitution to make the president's term of office. Under the proposal, the maximum length of the reign may be extended to two times in six years. As it is now can an egyptian president to rule a maximum of two year as club president à four years.
The expected outcome is that al-Sisi's current term of office, then will be extended for two years. And that he can then stand in the upcoming presidential election, with the opportunity to remain up to the year 2030.
The now 64-year-old al-Sisi was the military commander in chief when he in the summer of 2013 overthrew the folkvalde president and islamistsympatisören Muhammad Morsi. He sits now in solitary confinement in Torafängelset outside Cairo.
In may 2014 was elected Abdelfattah al-Sisi to the president with 97 per cent of the votes. And last year, in march 2018, echoed al-Sisi's valtriumf, with a segermarginal as big as in 2014.
Not so strange perhaps, since the regime is scared away all the candidates would be able to offer the slightest threat to al-Sisi. The ”candidate” who got the second most votes was the football star Mohammed Salah, and he did not even up in the election.
”There is no doubt that the proposed amendment to the constitution is tailor-made in order to extend al-Sisi maktinnehav”. It says a statement the egyptian journalist who DN contact via an encrypted meddelandeapp. The man wants to remain anonymous because he is worried about retaliation.
the Fear is justified – in the past year, egyptian authorities arrested and detained at least 113 people whose only ”crime” is that they criticized the regime.
approved in a referendum. The authorities are preparing to undertake a vote, probably before the end of april. No one expects anything other than that both the parliament and the people will say yes to an extended term of office.
al-Sisi, despite his authoritarian tendencies of popular support. He has devoted much time to cultivating an image as a strong and energetic leader.
During al-Sisi's last term of office he inaugurated with pomp and circumstance, an expansion of The suez canal. And the president's latest prestige project is the construction of ”new Cairo”, a new capital, complete with government buildings, the international airport and giant parks. ”New Cairo” built in the desert sands between Cairo and Suez, and is expected to be finished in just over ten years.