Egyptian Court Hold Back Constitutional Amendments Scrutiny

Cairo Court for Urgent Matters on Sunday delayed to Feb. 24 the examination of a lawsuit demanding the amendment of a constitution article regulating the number of president’s terms.

The lawsuit, filed by several people, calls on the House of Representatives’ speaker to request the parliament to convene with the aim of voting on a proposal to amend article 140 of the Constitution, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported.

The article in question stipulates that the president of the republic can only be re-elected for one four-year term. According to the proposal stated in the lawsuit, the president shall be re-elected for more similar terms as long as the people approve via a referendum.

The proposal said the current president’s available terms, estimated at eight years, are “too short, given the dangers, challenges and economic and security hazards that have been encountered by the state.” Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi was re-elected in April last year with a landslide victory for a second four-year presidential term.

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