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Egyptian court reviews case on presidential term limits

December 23, 2018 - 6:35 AM

CAIRO - Dozens of supporters of Egypt's president have gathered outside a Cairo courthouse as a judge hears a case calling on parliament to debate amending the constitution to allow the Egyptian leader to stay in office longer.

The supporters on Sunday carried portraits of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, re-elected to a second, four-year term earlier this year, running virtually unchallenged after authorities jailed or intimidated out of the race potentially serious candidates. He ran against a little known politician ranked among his supporters.

A progressive charter adopted in 2014, the constitution limits to two the number of terms a president can serve.

The lawyers behind the case say el-Sissi needs more time to realize his goals and the constitution must not constrain popular will. The case resumes Jan. 20.

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