The National Elections Authority announced on Tuesday, April 23, that roughly 88 percent of voters approved proposed reforms to the constitution during a national referendum. Egyptian voters backed several constitutional amendments, including the extension of current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's second four-year term to six years, as well as a possibility for Sisi to run for another six-year term in 2024. Election authorities indicate voter turn out was 44 percent during the three-day referendum.
A heightened security presence is to be expected in the wake of the referendum and the release of the results. Associated demonstrations and clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
The constitutional reforms, approved by the parliament on April 16, are perceived by critics as a means to extend the president's rule for several years as well as to extend the military's influence over Egyptian politics. Elections were held over a three-day period from April 20-22.
As a reminder, Egypt remains under a state of emergency, originally declared following Islamic State (IS) attacks on churches in Alexandria and Tanta that killed some 50 people on Palm Sunday in April 2017.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to keep abreast of the situation, avoid any demonstrations and polling stations as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by the local authorities.
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