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In advance of Egypt's presidential election, scheduled to take place between February and May 2018, Egyptian MP Ismail Nasreddine put forth a proposal to amend Article 140 of the Egyptian Constitution to extend the presidential term from four to six years, postponing the election until 2020 . If extended, the presidential term would be back to what it was under former President Hosni Mubarak, in effect it would undo one of the achievements of the 2011 revolution, which weakened the power of the presidency. Even though President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has consolidated his control of the media and civil society and deliberately weakened the opposition over the past four years, this potential amendment shows that he is looking to further expand the power of the presidency he currently holds.Elections could place some scrutiny on Sisi's record and draw attention to his declining popularity since 2014, something he has admitted himself and has been confirmed by government-controlled polls.Even if his re-election is a sure bet, extending the presidential term limit would spare Sisi potential public scrutiny or even a similar small embarrassment to the 2014 presidential election, when Sabahi challenged Sisi to a debate that he refused to attend.
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