Sat, 24 Aug 2019

An Egyptian lawyer says he and others have filed a court case to force the parliament to start a debate on amending a constitutional clause that bars President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi from running for a third term in 2022.

Ayman Abdel-Hakim Ramadan told The Associated Press on Saturday that a Cairo court will hold its first hearing on the case Dec. 23.

Egypt's constitution was adopted in 2014, after Sisi, as defense minister, led the military's ouster of a freely elected but divisive Islamist president.

Sisi was elected president later that year. This year, he won a second four-year term in office. He ran virtually unchallenged after authorities either jailed or intimidated potentially serious candidates out of the race.

Ramadan says Sisi has overseen an "incredible" number of achievements since 2014.

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