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Egypt referendum extending Sisi's rule passed with 88.83% votes: Election board

Egypt's President and current Chairperson of the African Union, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photograph:( AFP )

AFP Cairo, Egypt Apr 23, 2019, 11.29 PM (IST)

Egypt's election board said today that referendum to extend President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi rule until 2030 has been passed with 88.83 per cent votes. 

Sisi, who became president in 2014 and was re-elected in 2018 after eliminating all serious political competitors was widely expected to win backing for the proposed amendments.

The sweeping changes would extend his current term until 2024 and would also give him the right to stand for another six-year term.

Other controversial amendments on the ballot included boosting his control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in Egyptian political life.

On the first day of the referendum, some voters told AFP their employers had encouraged them to vote "Yes" and transported them to polling stations in company buses.

In their initial report, an international observer team said: "there were no hurdles to voting".

Egypt's state-affiliated foreign media body on Sunday denounced instances of critical international coverage.

The referendum also proposes other changes to the five-year-old constitution, including creating a second parliamentary chamber and a quota ensuring at least 25 per cent of lawmakers are women.

The final results will be announced on April 27.

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The sweeping changes would extend his current term until 2024 and would also give him the right to stand for another six-year term.