An Egyptian man walks in front of a school used as a polling station covered from outside by Egyptian flags, during the preparations for the upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments in Cairo, Egypt April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh
An Egyptian man walks in front of a school used as a polling station covered from outside by Egyptian flags, during the preparations for the upcoming referendum on constitutional amendments in Cairo, Egypt April 18, 2019. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

Ministry of Migration allocates hotlines for expats during referendum

Thu, Apr. 18, 2019
CAIRO – 18 April 2019: Egypt’s Ministry of Migration allocated hotlines for Egyptian expatriates to receive any complaints or questions related to the three-day public referendum on the constitutional amendments due to start on Friday in 140 embassies and consulates worldwide.

Egyptian expatriates could contact the Ministry of Migration on the following phone numbers: +201289850655/ +201017071810 / +201159476593. They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.

A total of 61 million eligible voters were called for casting their ballots in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments, which allow President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi to remain in power until 2030. Egypt’s House of Representative (the lower house of the Parliament) approved on Tuesday the new amendments.

The amendments include a “transitional article” that allows President Sisi to remain in power until 2024; Sisi will also have the right to run for a new 6-year term.

“The current president has the right at the end of his current term to re-run as stated in the amended Article 140 of the constitution,” the transitional article stipulates.

Article 140 provides that the presidential term shall be extended for 6 years instead of 4 years and the president has the right to run for another term.

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