3 February 2019 Egyptian lawmakers propose a presidential mandate’s extension

On 3 February, Egyptian lawmakers proposed a constitutional amendment that would allow President Al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034. A statement published in the parliament website announced that the amendment would change the mandate’s term to six years instead of four years. The statement added that the constitutional revision is also aimed to improve parliamentary representation of women, Christians, youth, people with special needs and Egyptian in the diaspora, and that it would include “the establishment of a second chamber of parliament… and the creation of the post of vice president to assist the president in his duties”. According to Reuters, the constitutional change would need two thirds of parliament members’ vote and a referendum. On 8 January the Egyptian on line newspaper Mada Masr announced a petition organized by several public figures against the possibility to extend the mandate.