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Three Days of Festivities End With Egypt Saying Yes to More Sisi

  • Almost 89 percent of voters supported the changes, SEC said
  • Egyptians stood firm against the ‘force of evil’ by voting
Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Abdel-Fattah El-SisiPhotographer: Olivier Douliery/Bloomberg
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Egyptian voters approved sweeping amendments to the constitution, including one that could allow President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to remain in power through 2030, capping a hyped campaign that’s drawn stiff condemnation from rights groups and opposition figures.

The results, released Tuesday by the elections commission, came after three days of voting in a national referendum on the changes -- a ballot that took the form of a carnival as officials looked to ensure high turnout to give the move legitimacy. Other changes include granting more authority to the army, as well as giving the president greater control over judicial appointments and the selection of the North African country’s top prosecutor.