Chief of the National Elections Commission Lashin Ibrahim (centre) addresses the media. Mohamed El Shahed/AFP
Egyptian voters have overwhelmingly backed constitutional changes that could see President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi's rule extended to 2030, the electoral board said on Tuesday.
National Election Authority head Lashin Ibrahim told a Cairo press conference that 88.83 per cent voted "yes" in a referendum on the amendments, with 11.17 per cent voting "no".
The three-day vote took place "in a democratic climate powered by freedom," he added.
Sisi took to Twitter shortly after the results were announced to thank his fellow citizens "who dazzled the world with their awareness of the challenges facing" Egypt.
Around 27 million votes were cast in the Arab world's most populous country, with a turnout rate of 44.33 per cent.
“88.83 per cent voted "yes" in a referendum on the amendments, with 11.17 per cent voting "no".
Other controversial amendments include boosting Sisi's control over the judiciary and giving the military even greater influence in Egyptian political life.
No one near 'throne'
Sisi has argued he needs longer to complete the job of restoring security and stability after the turmoil that followed the overthrow of veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak in the Arab Spring of 2011.
A vote in Sisi's favour was expected but analysts worried about its consequences.
The main amendment, which has set the nation abuzz, is the near certainty that Sisi will run for another six years in office when his term ends in 2024.
His current term was to end in 2022 but was retroactively updated with an extra two years.
Riding a populist wave after militarily overthrowing president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, Sisi cruised to a presidential victory in 2014 and was re-elected with more than 97 per cent of the vote in 2018.
Egyptians go to the polls today, for the third day, in a referendum on constitutional changes which will grant President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi the possibility to remain in power until 2030. Without the amendments he would leave office in 2022. A general-become-field marshal, he stepped into the breach after the army, with popular approval, ousted Muhammad Morsi who had been elected to the top job in 2012.
Sisi casts his ballot at a polling station in the eastern suburb of Heliopolis in the Egyptian capital, state television showed.
The Indian elections that kicked off on Thursday are a democratic exercise the likes of which the world has never seen. In the world’s largest democratic practice, around 900 million voters – more than the combined population of all the European countries, across 543 constituencies will cast their votes to decide the fate of political parties.
In India it’s known as the dance of democracy. After many months of bitter and acrimonious campaigning and in spite of some missed beats on the day, the general election finally got into full swing on Thursday, with an estimated 93 million people casting their votes across 20 states and union territories.
Sharjah Police are still searching for an Indian boy, 15, who has been missing from his parents’ home for 13 days now. The boy did not take any of his personal belongings and left home with only Dhs8 of his daily pocket money, according to the boy’s father.
Observers believe that the nearly 18-year conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and President Donald Trump when they meet on July 22.
The hackers accessed a system at Bulgaria's tax agency before sending an email from a Russian domain to some local media on Monday with links to data, officials said.