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88.8 pct of Egyptians support constitutional amendments – Electoral chief

CAIRO, Egypt’s National Elections Authority (NEA) announced Tuesday 88.8 percent of voters approved constitutional amendments put forward in a referendum, which would primarily increase presidential term to six years from current four.

NEA President Lashin Ibrahim told a news conference 88.8 percent of voters supported the constitutional amendments and 11.2 percent voted against them. He put turnout at 44.3 percent.

The new constitutional will increase presidential term to six years, and the president would not remain in office for more than two terms.

Incumbent president Abdulfatah Al-Sisi’s term will expire in 2022 but he could extend for two years, and thus his second mandate expires in 2024.

The amendments stipulates appointment of a Vice-President.

The referendum process was being conducted in 10,878 polling stations and 13,919 committees. The number of eligible voters is 61.34 million.

Source: Kuwait News Agency

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