In Summary
  • Some 294 lawmakers Tuesday supported a constitutional amendment to allow the long-serving president be re-nominated.
  • They proposed to abolish the presidential limit to pave the way for possible extension of President Bashir's reign.
  • Mr Ali attributed the proposal to the need to maintain the stability of the country.

Khartoum

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's wish to extend his rule has moved closer to being a reality with lawmakers massively backing the scrapping of presidential term limits.

Some 294 lawmakers, majority of them members of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP), Tuesday supported a constitutional amendment to allow the long-serving president be re-nominated for a third term in the office in 2020.

NCP parliamentary group chairman Abdul Rahman Mohamed Ali told journalists on Tuesday that the 294 members had proposed to abolish the presidential limit to pave the way for possible extension of President Bashir's reign.

AGREED

“The 294 parliamentarians, representing 33 political parties, agreed to submit this proposal to the parliament Speaker in order to open up the presidential tenure, so we suggested the change to Article 58 of the constitution, which allows only two presidential terms,” the NCP official stated.

Mr Ali attributed the proposal to the need to maintain the stability of the country.

“We believe that the only person who can guarantee the stability of the country is President Bashir,” he stressed.

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