Latest Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi News

The Latest: Russian envoy lashes out a UK defense minister

Feb. 16, 2019 1:33 PM EST

MUNICH (AP) — The Latest on the international security conference taking place in Munich (all times local): 7 p.m. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has fired back at British Defense Minister Gavin Williamson, calling him the "minister of war." Lavrov's comments Saturday came the day after Williamson...

Egypt lawmakers approve possible 3-decade rule by president

Feb. 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments also set to further enshrine the military's role in politics that will now face a national referendum. Of the 596-seat...

A look at proposed amendments to Egypt's constitution

Feb. 14, 2019 9:05 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Parliament on Thursday approved amendments to the constitution that could see President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi stay in power until 2034. The amendments, backed by 485 lawmakers in the 596-seat chamber packed with el-Sissi supporters, include several other changes to the 2014 charter,...

The Latest: Egypt's Parliament extends president term limits

Feb. 14, 2019 8:30 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — The Latest on developments in Egypt (all times local): 2:45 p.m. Egypt's Parliament has overwhelmingly approved constitutional changes to remove term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, allowing him to stay on power possibly until 2034. The changes are part of a package of amendments...

Egypt's Parliament to vote on extending president's term

Feb. 13, 2019 11:23 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's Parliament began deliberations Wednesday over constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office till 2034 — 12 more years after his current, second term expires in 2022. The development comes amid concerns that Egypt is slipping back...

Egypt accelerates efforts to extend el-Sissi's rule

Feb. 11, 2019 10:22 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament is accelerating the process of passing constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022. Lawmakers will decide Wednesday on whether to send the amendments to the legislative...

Egypt's el- Sisi elected new chairman of African Union

Feb. 10, 2019 12:00 PM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been elected chairman of the African Union at the continental body's summit in Ethiopia. Also at the African Union meeting Sunday, a statue of Ethiopia's last emperor was unveiled. Afterward a scuffle erupted between security guards...

Egypt opposition rejects move to extend el-Sissi's rule

Feb. 6, 2019 7:02 AM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian opposition parties have formed a coalition against proposed changes to the constitution that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022, two opposition leaders said on Wednesday. Egypt's parliament has given its...

Egypt debates motion to extend presidential term limits

Feb. 5, 2019 2:51 PM EST

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's parliament advanced a proposal on Tuesday to amend the constitution in a way that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022. El-Sissi led the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president and...

Jews, evangelicals reach out to Sunni Gulf Arab leaders

Feb. 4, 2019 2:28 PM EST

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Against the backdrop of the first papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula is an interfaith conference that includes prominent U.S. rabbis and Christian evangelicals, who are seeking stronger recognition of Israel through closer ties with Muslim figures and Arab leaders....