Egypt's Parliament Votes to Remove Presidential Term Limits, Sissi Could Stay Until 2034

The changes are part of a package of amendments that will be further examined before final approval in the chamber and a national referendum

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi attends a military ceremony in Paris, France, October 24, 2017.
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Egypt parliament has overwhelmingly approved constitutional changes to remove term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, allowing him to stay in power possibly until 2034.

The changes are part of a package of amendments that will be further examined before final approval in the chamber and a national referendum.

On Thursday, 485 lawmakers in the 596-seat body backed the amendments.

Parliament Speaker Ali Abdel-Al said they would now be discussed by the Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee for 60 days before being put to a referendum.

The national referendum will likely take place before early May, the start of the Muslim Holy Month of Ramadan.