the constitutional reform that could allow Abdel Fattah al-Sissi to be re-elected widely adopted

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Egyptian voters approved 88.8% of the vote constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel Fattah al Sissi to remain in power until 2030, announced Tuesday the electoral commission.

Voter turnout at the three-day referendum, from Saturday to Monday, is 44.33% of the 61 million registered voters.

The constitutional reform, approved last week by 531 votes against 22 in Parliament, extends the presidential term of office from four to six years and does not take into account those that Sissi has already achieved, which would allow him to stay in power until 2030.

The former Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces took the helm in 2014, following the military overthrow of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in the summer of 2013.

An amendment also gives the President new prerogatives in the appointment of judges and prosecutors; others provide that the army has the duty to
protect "the Constitution, democracy, basic cohesion of the country and its civilian nature" and expand the jurisdiction of military courts.

Sissi's supporters believe that the proposed changes are essential for the president to succeed in completing major development projects and economic reforms. Critics see it as a switch to an authoritarian regime.

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