Africa News Voting begins in Egypt’s constitutional referendum, Sisi casts ballot

Voting begins in Egypt’s constitutional referendum, Sisi casts ballot

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Saturday April 20th 2019 | 11:30 am

People stand in line to cast their vote during the referendum on draft constitutional amendments, at a polling station in Cairo, Egypt April 20, 2019.

Egyptians start voting on Saturday in a referendum that could allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in office until 2030.

President Sisi was seen at a polling station in the eastern suburb of Heliopolis in the Egyptian capital where he cast his ballot, state television showed.

The three-day referendum on constitutional amendments extends the presidential term to six years from four.

Also the amendments provide for the creation of a second parliamentary chamber known as the Council of Senators. It would have 180 members, two-thirds elected by the public and the rest appointed by the president.

Also the amendments will further create a quota setting women’s representation in parliament at a minimum of 25 percent.

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