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Sudan lawmakers back amendment to let Bashir stand again

CAIRO - Sudan’s long-serving President Omar Bashir came closer on Tuesday to another term in office after a majority of lawmakers backed a constitutional amendment to extend term limits that would have required him to step down 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. [nL5N1V1425]Reuters ,

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