Africa

Egypt's Sisi could rule until 2030 after winning referendum

A friendly greeting committee outside a polling place in Cairo. Photo: Islam Safwat/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Egypt's elections authority says 89% of voters approved constitutional changes giving President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi new powers and clearing the way for him to hold on to power until 2030. The changes have already passed through parliament.

The backdrop: Sisi, who took power following a 2013 military coup and began a ruthless crackdown on dissent, won a sham presidential election with 97% of the vote last year. He has now cemented his status as Egypt's dictator without losing his position as a U.S. ally.

Egypt's parliament paves way for Sisi to rule until 2030

Sisi with Trump in New York. Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images

Egypt's parliament has passed a constitutional amendment that would allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who took power following a 2013 military coup, to remain in office until 2030.

Details: The amendment would change the length of presidential terms from 4 to 6 years and includes a provision that would extend Sisi's current term and allow him to run once more before facing term limits. The changes must be approved in a referendum, though that might not be too difficult — Sisi won a sham presidential election last year with 97% of the vote.