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Egypt's al-Sisi wants to stay in power until 2034

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Christian Fernsby | Monday April 15, 2019 5:28AM ET
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi
Africa   President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Egypt blocked a petition website set up to collect signatures against an upcoming constitutional referendum hours after the platform was launched on Tuesday.


The proposed amendments to the constitution would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to stay in power until 2034, bolster the role of the military and increase the president's power over the judiciary.

Mr Sisi's supporters say the changes are needed to give him more time to complete major development projects and economic reforms. His critics say they concentrate more powers in the hands of a leader accused by rights groups of presiding over a relentless crackdown on freedoms.

NetBlocks, an internet monitoring group, said the opposition campaign website.

Users were still able to access the website, voiceonline.net, from abroad and or via a virtual private network (VPN) that allows them to skirt local controls.

NetBlocks said network data indicated that access to the site was being restricted by all of Egypt’s internet service providers except for one.

 

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