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Egypt's parliament to vote Tuesday on final report on constitutional amendments

Among the proposed constitutional amendments are increasing presidential terms from four to six years and reinstating the post of vice president

Ahram Online , Sunday 14 Apr 2019
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Egypt’s House of Representatives Speaker Ali Abdel-Aal said that parliament will vote on the final report of the proposal to amend the constitution Tuesday.
 
Abdel-Aal said during a plenary session Sunday that parliament will hold meetings from early Tuesday to conclude all discussion before taking a vote on the final report.
 
The amendments, submitted by the parliamentary majority Support Egypt coalition on 11 February, involve changes to 11 articles of Egypt's 2014 Constitution: articles 102, 140, 160, 189, 190, 193, 200, 204, 234, 243 and 244.
 
The coalition also proposed that eight new articles be added to the constitution.
 
According to Abdel-Aal, the amendments have six objectives: to give a greater quota of parliamentary seats to women (25 percent); to create a second house (a Senate); to increase presidential terms from four to six years; to reinstate the post of vice president; to regulate the system for selecting the heads of judicial authorities; and to re-define the role of the army in defending the country.
 
A public referendum on the proposed amendments would be held at a later date if the final report is passed by parliament Tuesday.
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