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Egypt's Sisi taking his time picking vice president

Egyptians are speculating about why the president has yet to appoint a vice president to fill in for him if necessary.
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi attends a welcoming ceremony with Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (unseen) at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, January 27, 2019. in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency. The Egyptian Presidency/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY - RC18C087E160
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CAIRO — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi apparently plans to wait at least until October to appoint a vice president — a position being revived for the first time since Mohamed ElBaradei became acting vice president for a month in 2013.

Media reports shed light July 27-29 on the laws parliament will need to pass during its fifth and the last cycle (October 2019 to July 2020) as complementary legislation to constitutional amendments approved during the just-ended cycle. The amendments extend the president's term to six years from four and expand his powers, and introduce a Senate, among other changes.

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