As voters lined up outside the polls in Cairo Saturday, music blared and some among the crowds danced and waved Egyptian flags.
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Critics of the amendments say that vote will be another step back toward the days of Hosni Mubarak’s three-decade long authoritarian rule.
The changes lengthen presidential terms to six years instead of four, including Sisi’s current mandate. They also increase his control over the judiciary.
Egypt’s top media regulator tightens restrictions on social media accounts with over 5,000 followers if they are deemed a threat to national security.
Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abou Zeid, also known as Shawkan, released after 5 years in prison according to a post from his Twitter account.
Egyptian authorities were eager to claim a connection to Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek after his best actor win at the Academy Awards last week.
The U.N. Human Rights Office is urging Egypt to halt all executions and to conduct investigations into all allegations of people subjected to death penalty.
Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments.
Proposed amendments to Egypt’s constitution, grants armed forces authority to intervene in government expand executive powers that are already being abused.
Egypt’s Parliament to vote on extending President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi term till 2034 — 12 more years after his current, second term expires in 2022.