Sudan legislators back President Omar al Bashir for third term

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KHARTOUM, Sudan

 

Legislators in Sudan have backed a move to amend the constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for a third term in the 2020 elections.

According to Parliament speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar, he pointed out that he had received a letter signed by a majority of lawmakers backing an amendment that would extend the limit.

Ahmed Omar said it came from 33 parties representing 294 deputies.

He stressed: “I will abide by the constitutional and legal steps and the regulations necessary to discuss these amendments in parliament for it to take any decision on them,”

Noteworthy, the new constitutional proposal will grant the President ultimate powers to sack the country’s elected governors.

In an interview with BBC, President Omarl al Bashir said he would step down in 2020.

Bashir is also wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and genocide in the western province of Darfur.

But, Bashir denies all allegations levied against him.