Egyptian pro-government media are urging a “Yes” vote on the second day of a nationwide referendum that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030.

Polls reopened at 9 a.m. (0700 GMT) Sunday. Voting will continue through Monday to allow maximum turnout, which the government hopes will lend the referendum legitimacy.

Election officials say results are expected within a week.

A voter rides his bicycle past a poster supporting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi near a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
A voter rides his bicycle past a poster supporting Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi near a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Opposition parties have called on voters to reject the changes, blasted by critics as a major step back to authoritarianism.

Voting comes amid an unprecedented crackdown on dissent since the 2013 military ouster of an elected but divisive president.

El-Sissi came to power in 2014 and was re-elected for a second four-year term last year.

A policeman assists a voter as she leaves a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
A policeman assists a voter as she leaves a polling station in Cairo, Egypt, Saturday, April 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

Trucks with loudspeakers drove around central Cairo Sunday morning urging high turnout.

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