Sudan MPs want Bashir to contest in 2020.


Lawmakers in Sudan have backed a constitutional amendment that would extend term limits, paving way for president Omar Bashir to seek re-election in 2020.
Unless the constitution is changed, Bashir, in power since 1989, is not permitted to stand again when his present term ends, having won two elections since a 2005 constitutional amendment took effect imposing a two-term limit.
Parliament speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar said he had received a letter signed by a majority of lawmakers backing an amendment that would extend the limit.
“Today I received a memorandum from 33 parties representing 294 deputies to amend the constitution with regard to the number of times the president’s candidacy is allowed,” he told reporters.
“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.”
Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party announced earlier this year it was nominating Bashir for president in 2020.
“We agreed to amend the articles after we collected 294 deputies’ signatures,” said party head Abdurrahman Mohamed Ali.
“The parties saw that President Omar al-Bashir is the protector of the people of Sudan in the coming period.”
Bashir, an Islamist and former army officer, came to power via a military coup.
He won elections in 2010 and 2015 after the constitution was changed following a peace agreement with southern rebels, who later seceded forming South Sudan.

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