Egypt‘s parliament has passed proposed constitutional amendments that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi remain in power until 2030, according to state media.

The vote on Tuesday sends the changes to a public referendum that will likely take place before early May when the Muslim holy month of Ramadan starts.

Critics have decried the proposals as another step back to authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended put an end to Hosni Mubarak‘s decades-long rule.

The amendments approved by the 596-member parliament, which is dominated by pro-Sisi politicians, include allowing the general-turned-president to extend his current term by two years and stand for another six-year mandate.

“Today, we are concluding what we started in February,” Speaker Ali Abdel-Al said at the beginning of the session.

“In this great day, we offer to the Egyptian people a draft bill of the constitutional amendments.”


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