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Sudan Lawmakers Postpone Session on Bashir Term Limits

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7Dnews London - AFP/Reuters

Sat, 16 Feb 2019 17:59 GMT

A Sudanese parliamentary committee announced on Saturday, February 16th, that it had postponed a meeting on changing the country's constitution to allow President Omar al-Bashir to run for a new term, state news agency SUNA reported.

SUNA said that the meeting, set for Sunday, February 17, has been shelved for the time being, without giving a new date, according to AFP.

The move comes in a time where the country is witnessing almost daily violent protests against al-Bashir’s three-decades rule, as he is considering running for a third term in elections scheduled for next year.

But for that to happen, lawmakers must amend the country's constitution, which currently allows presidents only two five-year terms.

However, two weeks before protests broke out all over the country, a majority of parliament backed the proposed amendment, and had tasked an emergency committee with drafting the changes ahead of the parliament's first session in April.

SUNA said that the committee's meeting has been postponed and a new date will be announced. It noted special emergency commitments as the cause for the delay without providing further details.

Al-Bashir, 75, a former army officer, came to power after a military coup. He won elections in 2010 and 2015 after changes in the constitution following a peace agreement with southern rebels, who then seceded to form South Sudan.

There have been protests against his rule since December, and officials say 32 people have died in protest-related violence, while Human Rights Watch put the figure higher, at 51.

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