Egyptian voters back longer term for Sisi

Egyptians have approved changes that would give President al-Sisi a longer term and more powers.
Egyptians have approved changes that would give President al-Sisi a longer term and more powers.

Nearly 90 per cent of Egyptian voters have approved in a referendum constitutional changes that could see President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi stay in power until 2030, the election commission says.

Voter turnout during the three-day referendum was 44.33 per cent and 88.83 per cent of those taking part approved the amendments, commission chairman Lasheen Ibrahim says.

"These (changes) are effective from now as your constitution," Ibrahim told a news conference broadcast on state TV on Tuesday, adding that more than 23.4 million voters had endorsed the changes in the referendum.

The amendments, which were approved by Egypt's parliament last week, will extend Sisi's current term to six years from four and allow him to run again for a third six-year term in 2024.

They will also bolster the role of the military and expand the president's power over judicial appointments.

Australian Associated Press