Egypt sets date for referendum on extending al-Sisi's rule

Egypt on Wednesday (April 17th) set a date for a referendum on sweeping constitutional changes, including amendments that could extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's rule until 2030, AFP reported.

Head of the National Election Authority Lashin Ibrahim told a press conference the vote will "take place inside Egypt" from April 20th to April 22nd and start a day earlier at diplomatic missions abroad.

The announcement came after parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the changes extending presidential terms from four to six years.

The amendments would prolong al-Sisi's current term to 2024 from 2022 and allow him to then run for another six-year term.

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