Egypt’s president says he supports 2 term limit

By on November 7, 2017


White House said in a statement that Donald Trump expressed his confidence in Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Sisi’s commitment to protect Christians after deadly attacks on Coptic churches that claimed the lives of more than 40 people. (Photo by Kremlin.ru [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0) or CC BY 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)])
FILE: Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi (Photo by Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0)
CAIRO — Egypt’s leader says he is not in favour of amending the constitutional provisions barring the president from staying in office beyond two, four-year terms.

Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi was elected to office 2014, a year after he led the military’s ouster of an elected but divisive president, the Islamist Mohammed Morsi. He has strongly suggested he would seek a second term in office in elections next year, but he has yet to make a formal announcement.

Speaking to CNBC television in an interview, el-Sissi said: “I am with preserving the (clause on) two, four-year terms and not change it.” It was his first public comment on the issue, raised by several pro-government lawmakers and media figures who wanted the constitution amended to allow el-Sissi to stay in office beyond eight years.