Sadr: thanks to Daesh, Egypt is now under a new despot

Iraqi Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr

Baghdad ( Iraqi Shia cleric and political leader, Muqtada al-Sadr, has blamed the Islamic State extremist group for several crises in the region, including the controversial constitutional changes in Egypt that would allow President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to rule one more decade.

In a message posted on his twitter account, Sadr said that due to terrorist attacks by IS, which the extremist group dubs as Ghazwas (holy raids), “Egypt has fallen under a new despot who would tailor the constitution and parliament to fit him”.

Other outcomes of Daesh (Islamic State)’s terrorist activities, according to Sadr, include the U.S. recognition of the Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, as well as the so-called “deal of the century”, touted by the Donald Trump administration to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Egypt’s parliament has recently approved a proposal by a group of MPs to amend the constitution and a referendum is due starting 21st of April. The amendments would see the current presidential term extended from 4 renewable years to 6, starting with Sisi’s current tenure, which means he could rule until 2030.

Sisi, who, as a former defense minister, overthrow his Islamist predecessor, Mohamed Morsi, has championed a war against Daesh extremists, mainly in Sinai Peninsula, and has jailed many of Morsi’s aides and supporters over terrorism charges.

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