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Egyptian Court Examines Lawsuit on Presidential Term

Egyptian Court Examines Lawsuit on Presidential Term

Friday, 7 December, 2018 - 08:15
President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, left, rides a vehicle with Egypt's Minister of Defense Sedki Sobhi. Reuters file photo
Cairo - Mohamed Nabil Helmy
The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters set December 23 as a date for considering a lawsuit allowing the Egyptian president to run for more than two terms, after a political demand on the Constitution's amendment reached the judiciary.

The court will consider the lawsuit demanding the amendment of a Constitutional article regulating the number of the president's terms, the country’s official news agency, MENA, reported.

It added that the lawsuit calls on the House of Representatives' speaker to request the parliament to convene with the aim of voting on a proposal to amend article 140 of the Constitution, which stipulates that the president can only be re-elected for a one four-year term.

The lawsuit, however, suggests that the president be re-elected for more terms, as long as the people support such a demand via a referendum.

The proposal said the president’s maximum eight-year tenure is too short given the economic and security challenges that the country faces, the news agency reported.

MENA did not specify the names of those who filed the lawsuit, referring to them as “several people.”

As soon as the results of the Egyptian presidential elections were officially announced on April 2, media figures close to the regime launched a campaign calling for amending the Constitution to allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi run for a third term.

Last November, Sisi said he would stick to the Constitution and not seek a third term in office.

"It doesn't suit me as a president to stay one more day against the will of the Egyptians. This is not talk for TV, those are principles I embrace and am keen on," he had told CNBC.

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