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Egypt moves to limit presidential terms as protests reach 16th day

Committee of top judges and legal experts vote on series of constitutional amendments, including two of anti-Mubarak protesters' key demands.

HAARETZ.com (DPA and News Agencies)

February 9, 2011 | 9:13 am

Protesters in Tahrir Square. Sign translation: “Go away Mubarak.” Photo courtesy Mona/Wikimedia Commons

Protesters in Tahrir Square. Sign translation: “Go away Mubarak.” Photo courtesy Mona/Wikimedia Commons

A judiciary committee formed to review Egypt’s constitution has agreed to amend six articles, state media reported on Wednesday, as anti-government protests continued for the 16th straight day.

Articles 76 and 77 are among those to be changed, to put term limits on the presidency and expand who can run for the highest seat in the country - two of the protesters’ key demands.

The 2005 revision of the Egyptian Constitution, first drafted in 1971, had made the selection of presidential candidates more challenging.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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