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Sudan NCP endorses proposal to extend Bashir’s mandate for 5 years

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May 8, 2013 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party (NCP) approved a proposal on Tuesday aimed at amending its statute and extending the term of president Omer Hassan al-Bashir from four to five years.

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Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir addressing supporters at the site of Ruseiris dam in Blue Nile state January 1 2013 (TV footage)

NCP’s secretary of women’s affairs, Samia Ahmed Mohamed, told reporters in Khartoum that the proposal will be submitted to the Shura Council, the only organ entitled to amend the statute of the party.

Such amendment will mean the extension of Bashir’s leadership of the party for an additional year.

The ruling party is currently required to elect a new leader next year before the presidential election scheduled for May 2015.

The 68-year-old leader announced in March that he intends to step down in 2015, after rumours about his health following operations on his vocal cords in Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Mohamed stressed that the extension will be implemented with immediate effect.

However, she denied that the step would be an attempt to allow Bashir to run for another mandate.

Bashir, who ruled the country for 23 years, said in March that “Sudanese people are looking for fresh blood and a new impetus”.

The party is divided on the issue, with some factions loudly demanding reforms to the party and reunification with Islamists factions, including Hassan Al-Turabi’s Popular Congress Party (PCP).

Last November, Sudanese security services arrested some radical Islamist military accused of organising a coup d’état against the regime.

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  • 8 May 2013 10:21, by Jalaby

    Oh my Goodness!! so no one in the whole Sudan is qualified to replace Bashir and Bashir will rule us for another coming five years and probably for ever till he dies!! I’ve no single doubt those NCP members who are pushing for another new term for Bashir won’t hesitate to make him eternal president if they could prevent death from visiting him and he lives for ever!!

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    • 8 May 2013 11:19, by Fallensoilder

      Stupid Jalaba....Fool...

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    • 8 May 2013 13:59, by Juma mike

      WE ONLY KNOW bASHIR IN NORTHERN SUDAN,removing him from presidency weill be a huge mistake that you will forever regret.

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  • 8 May 2013 19:38, by ahme adam

    Bashir allowed south Sudanese referendum that’s why south Sudanese like him haha don’t worry in north Sudan many people can replace him

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  • 8 May 2013 19:53, by South Sudan Secret services

    Sudanese citizen have already indicated that they can,t live without bashir in power.Arrest warrant is staring at bashir house to arrest him.Where will he go if he leaves power? Big shame to Sudanese people.Hand him over to ICC than ICC coming to pick him in 2015.

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