As expected, the “yes” largely won the referendum to reshuffle the Egyptian Constitution, announced Tuesday, April 23 the National Elections Authority. President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi can now remain in power until 2030 and the army becomes the guarantor of the respect of the Constitution.
With our correspondent in Cairo, Alexandre Buccianti
More than 26 million Egyptians, or 88% of the voters, said “yes” to the reworking of the Constitution.
The most important for power however is the turnout, 44% of the 61 million voters. That is better than the vote of the Constitution of 2014 – with a rate of 39% – and that of the Constitution of 2012 – with 41% participation.
The increase can be explained by the possibility of voting outside of its electoral seat and by what has been officially called “a surge of generosity” on the part of businessmen and majority parties: the latter have distributed basic necessities to the poorest voters.
However, where the problem lies, it is with the rate of “no”: 12%, six times more than in the last referendum. Never seen since President Sissi came to power.