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Tuesday, 4 August 2020

El Sisi ratifies amendments barring retired army officers from standing for election without permission

LEGISLATION WATCH- El Sisi ratifies amendments barring retired army officers from standing for election without permission: President Abdel Fattah El Sisi signed off on legal changes that restrict retired military officers from running for presidential, parliamentary or local elections without permission from the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, according to Youm7. Under the changes, the defense minister will also appoint a military adviser for each governorate and the army will be able to weigh in on proposed constitutional amendments and bills related to political rights, elections, and national security. Restrictions on entering politics or standing for election without permission from the army had previously only applied to serving officers. The government has said the changes aim to control the spread of confidential information entrusted to military personnel during their service.

The story is getting attention in the foreign press: Reuters | Associated Press | AFP.

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