for a term of five years, renewable once," the new text of the constitution read, which also made the presidential election a two-round race.Another article now gives immunity for life to former presidents, who cannot be "prosecuted, arrested, detained, or tried for acts committed during their presidential term
CAIRO, April 23 (KUNA) -- Egypt's National Elections Authority (NEA) announced Tuesday 88.8 percent of voters approved constitutional amendments put forward in a referendum, which would primarily increase presidential term
to six years from current four.
DPA Cairo Egypt's parliament overwhelmingly approved constitutional amendments that expand the president's powers and extend the presidential term
, potentially allowing incumbent Abdel Fattah Sisi to stay in power until 2030.
The 10-member committee, which was concerned with writing the current constitution, thought at the time that four years is a short period for a presidential term
. However, the committee approved it due to the past state of emergency and the war against the Muslim Brotherhood group, Abdel Aal said in March.
Leader of the movement Rached Ghannouchi told reporters he will not seek a presidential term
, but the party has not yet taken an official decision on the issue.
Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel Aal denounced the controversy over the amendments of Constitutional Article 226 that is related to the presidential term
His current presidential term
expires in April 2020.
Sal won the election after a first-term presidential term
in the African country that pushed economic growth to more than 6 percent, one of the continent's highest growth rates.
Last week, Kalonzo called for the removal of the presidential term
limit at a Wiper meeting in Komarock.
According to the constitution, the presidential term
is a non-renewable five years, which allows new candidates into the presidential institution.
The proposed amendments bill was signed by 294 MPs and provides to abolish presidential term