Egyptians approve constitutional changes

Egyptians approved on Sunday constitutional changes, the head of the supreme judicial committee Mohammed Ahmed Attiyah said.

Egypt’s ex-President Hosni Mubarak stepped down on February 11 after 18 days of large-scale anti-government protests throughout Egypt, which left more than 360 people dead and about 5,500 injured.

The amendments allow Egypt’s military rulers to move swiftly to elections.

The changes ease requirements for independent candidates seeking the presidency, restore full judicial supervision for elections, limit the presidency to two four-year terms (currently, there is no limit), and stipulate a public referendum for any state of emergency that lasts longer than six months (as Egypt was under one for the last 30 years), Al Jazeera said.

A total of 77 percent supported the changes.

CAIRO, March 20 (RIA Novosti) 

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