Egyptian Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi resigns from his position as Minister of Defense and announces his bid for the upcoming presidential election.
Egyptians vote on a number of amendments to the Constitution of Egypt, which, among other things, allow President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to remain in power until 2030, increase the president's powers over Egypt's judiciary, and increase the power of Egypt's military over all other state institutions. The vote takes place over three days from 20 to 22 April.
The Egyptian Parliament approves a draft law creating the 18-member Supreme Council for Combating Terrorism and Extremism. The new body is headed by the President and is expected to also contain the Prime Minister, the speaker of the House of Representatives, and the defence and interior ministers. The new body replaces the National Council to Combat Terrorism and Extremism created by Presidential decree by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in 2017.
King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud announces, during his trip to Cairo, that a bridge crossing the Red Sea will be built, linking Egypt and Saudi Arabia. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says the bridge will be named after the Saudi monarch. A Saudi–Egypt Causeway project has been in the works for years.
The governing body of the Egyptian military approves Field Marshal Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who led the coup d'état that overthrew President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, to run for the presidency in the upcoming election.