Egypt referendum: Opposition fear return to Mubarak era

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A man walks in front of a banner reading, "Yes to the constitutional amendments, for a better future", with a photo of the Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi before the approaching referendum on constitutional amendments in Cairo, Egypt on 16 April 2019.

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Banner in central Cairo urging Egyptians to “say yes to the constitutional amendments”

Walking across Cairo, you can’t miss the huge banners calling on Egyptians to support constitutional amendments that would keep President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi in power until 2030.

Egyptians are now voting on the proposed changes, a few days after they were approved by a sweeping majority inside parliament.

“Say yes to stability and security,” reads one banner in central Cairo. The new amendments will extend the presidential term from four to six years, and the president can only be re-elected once.

But Mr Sisi is being given special treatment.

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