International
0

Sisi Rules Out Third Term

Sisi Rules Out Third TermSisi Rules Out Third Term

In an interview with a US broadcaster, Egypt’s president rejected calls by several pro-government lawmakers and media figures to amend the constitution in favor of allowing a president to serve more than two terms. It was the first time that he had publically spoken about the issue.

“It doesn’t suit me as a president to stay one more day against the will of the Egyptians,” Sisi told CNBC over the weekend. “We will not interfere with (the constitution)…I am with preserving two four-year terms.”

Sisi must now decide whether to run for a second term. He has not yet announced his intention to run in 2018.

Sisi, a former army chief, was elected to office 2014, a year after he led the military coup against the democratically-elected Islamist president Mohammed Morsi.

Rights groups have repeatedly criticized Sisi’s government for its record of abuses and repression.

Under his rule, Egypt has seen a large-scale crackdown on dissent, the jailing of several human rights activists and journalists. Other dissidents have been slapped with travel bans over allegations of harming national security.

 

Add new comment

Read our comment policy before posting your viewpoints

Financialtribune.com