Live Update: Egyptian expatriates vote on constitutional amendments

Egyptian expatriates line up in a queue outside the Egyptian embassy in Riyadh to vote in the public referendum on the new constitutional amendments on Friday- press photoEgyptian expats celebrate after casting their votes in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments- press photoEgyptian expats head from New Jersey to New York to vote in the constitutional amendments- press photoEgyptian ambassador to Canada ballots his vote- Press PhotoEgyptian expats, who are working at the petroleum sector in Jordan, pose for a picture after casting their ballotsEgyptian expats and Egyptian ambassador to Germany Badr Abdel-Atti pose for a picture after casting their votes on the constitutional amendments - press photoAn Egyptian woman casts her vote in the Egyptian embassy in New Delhi - press photoEgyptian expats head to the Egyptian embassy in Dubai to vote on the constitutional amendments - press photoEgyptian family at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut to vote on the new constitutional amendments- press photoAn expatriate casts his vote on the new constitutional amendments at the Egyptian embassy in Beirut- press photoEgyptian expats participate in a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in Riyadh-based embassy - press photoEgyptian ambassador to Iraq Alaa Morsi casts his vote on the constitutional amendments- press photoAn expat casts his vote on the constitutional amendments- press potoEgyptian expats vote on the constitutional amendments in Asturias - press photoCAIRO – 19 April 2019: Egyptian expatriates started a three-day voting on the new constitutional amendments in 140 embassies and consulates of 125 countries worldwide, amid massive campaigning for the amendments abroad and domestically.The amendments include a “transitional article” that allows President Sisi to remain in power until 2024; Sisi will also have the right to run for a new 6-year term. The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees.Immediately after the Egyptian House of Representatives approved the new amendments to the 2014 Constitution on Tuesday, head of the National Election Authority (NEA) Lachine Ibrahim, called on the Egyptian expatriates to vote in the planned referendum on constitutional amendments from Friday, April 19, to Sunday, April 21. They also can contact the ministry via mail: Info.elections@emigration.gov.eg , the minister said in a statement on Thursday.Egyptian expats continue flocking to the Egyptian embassy in London to vote on the new amendments.Egyptian embassy in Washington and Ottawa and consulate in New York opened their doors for the Egyptian expats to ballot their votes on the amendments.Egyptian expats in Jordan after cast their votes in the public referendum on the constitutional amendments. Some voters sent Egypt Today their photos inside the embassy to share their moment of voting.Expatriates of the Egyptian community in Bahrain headed to Manama-based embassy toExpatriates outside the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait lined up in a long queue, waiting to cast their votes on the constitutional amendments.The Egyptian embassy in Beirut received Egyptian expatriates to vote in the public referendum. Also the member of diplomatic staff cast their ballot.In Saudi Arabia, where hosts the largest Egyptian community in the Arab world, Egyptian expatriates cast their votes in Riyadh-based embassy amid high turnout.Egyptian expatriates in Iraq headed to vote.

Source:Egypt Today

April 19, 2019 09:33 UTC


In Pic: Citizens walk across Cairo to urge for constitutional amendments

Hundreds of Egyptian citizens took part in an election rally in Cairo's Abdeen square – Egypt Today/Hossam AtefHundreds of Egyptian citizens took part in an election rally in Cairo's Abdeen square – Egypt Today/Hossam AtefHundreds of Egyptian citizens took part in an election rally in Cairo's Abdeen square – Egypt Today/Hossam AtefHundreds of Egyptian citizens took part in an election rally in Cairo's Abdeen square – Egypt Today/Hossam AtefHundreds of Egyptian citizens took part in an election rally in Cairo's Abdeen square – Egypt Today/Hossam AtefHundreds of Egyptian citizens took part in an election rally in Cairo's Abdeen square – Egypt Today/Hossam AtefHundreds of Egyptian citizens took part in an election rally in Cairo's Abdeen square – Egypt Today/Hossam AtefCAIRO – 19 April 2019: Hundreds of Egyptian citizens took to streets Cairo's Abdeen square to urge other citizens to cast their ballot in a three-day public referendum due to start on Saturday.The rally participants were putting on white tops, with words encouraging other citizens to cast their ballot printed on them, including "participate," and "Long Live Egypt," which the incumbent president always says in his speeches.On Saturday, the registered voters inside Egypt will be able cast their ballot over three consecutive days, in a referendum on a set of constitutional amendments, including granting the president some unprecedented rights.The rally is organized by the Cairo Governorate authority, in cooperation with the Sport and Youth Directorate, and under the auspices of Cairo governor Khaled Abdel Aal, who is set to personally take part in the rally, along with a number of public figures.The participators are set to walk across the governorate, and will be present in some places including al-Tahrir Square, which witnessed the January 25 revolution in 2011, ousting former President Hosni Mubarak, and June 30 revolution in 2013, which ousted former President Mohamed Morsi.The security forces always station in Al-Tahrir square to prevent further unlicensed protests and illegal gathering.A Tanoura show was seen during the rally, while participators have raised Egyptian flags and released many balloons.The approved amendments expand each of the two presidential terms allowed for any president to six years instead of four, while a separate transitional article gives an exceptional right to incumbent President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, who was re-elected in 2018, to run for a third 6-year term after he finishes his second term in 2024 instead of 2022.The amendments also give the president the right to choose heads of courts, judicial bodies, the Supreme Constitutional Court, and the Attorney General, Egypt's top prosecutor from some nominees. He would also appoint one third of the members of the Shura Council, which was revived, this time under the name "The Senate."

Source:Egypt Today

April 19, 2019 09:24 UTC


Air Canada pilots reviewing aircraft systems on Boeing's MAX jets

FILE PHOTO - An Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 from San Francisco approaches for landing at Toronto Pearson International Airport over a parked Air Canada Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Chris Helgren(Reuters) - Air Canada said on Thursday its Boeing Co 737 MAX pilots were reviewing aircraft systems and alternative flight conditions for the grounded planes, and the carrier would decide on further training pending final recommendations from regulators.On Wednesday, Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau called for pilots to receive simulator training for Boeing’s new 737 MAX software, going beyond a draft report by a U.S. Federal Aviation Administration-appointed board, which recommended additional training without requiring a simulator.Boeing is working to deliver to global regulators a software update and new training proposals for the MAX following a Lion Air crash in Indonesia in October and an Ethiopian crash in March, which killed 346 people combined.Boeing said on Wednesday it was making “steady progress” on the path to certifying the software update and had made the final test flight before a certification flight.Air Canada said it was the only carrier in the United States and Canada with 737 MAX simulators. The country’s largest carrier said it was pleased to see the Canadian government take a “rigorous approach” in how it weighs its requirements for reintroducing the jets into service.Air Canada’s rival, Westjet Airlines, declined to specifically address Garneau’s comments, but the carrier follows all Transport Canada recommendations, a company spokeswoman said by email.

Source:Egypt Today

April 18, 2019 21:11 UTC


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