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Sudan: Omar El-Bashir on his way to a third term

Sudanese MPs backed an initiative to amend the constitution to allow President Omar El-Bashir to run for a third term in the 2020 elections.

If the Constitution is not changed, Mr. Bashir, who came to power in a coup in 1989. Will not be able to run again, since a two-term limit was introduced in 2005.

In 2016, Omar El-Bashir told the BBC that he would resign in 2020.

Parliament Speaker Ibrahim Ahmed Omar said he had received a letter signed by a majority of legislators. Supporting an amendment to lift the term limit.

The proposed constitutional amendments would also give the President the power to remove the elected governors.

Ibrahim Ahmed Omar said the missive came from 294 deputies from 33 political parties.

According to Reuters, a proposal to amend the constitution should be submitted by the president or through a memorandum and validated by at least one third of the 581-seat parliament members.

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