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Sudan's Bashir Could Extend Rule Under New Lawmaker Proposal

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(Bloomberg) -- Almost 300 Sudanese lawmakers backed a proposal to abolish presidential term limits and let the North African nation’s long-time ruler, Umar al-Bashir, seek reelection in 2020.

The parliamentarians have submitted a suggestion for the constitutional amendment to the speaker of the assembly, ruling party representative Abdul-Rahman Mohammed Ali told reporters Tuesday. He described al-Bashir, 74, as the only person able to stabilize the country, historically wracked by insurgencies and currently mired in an economic crisis.

Al-Bashir, who took power in a 1989 military coup, is in his second term under a new constitution promulgated in 2005. His election victories in 2010 and 2015 were disputed by the opposition.

Any amendment would need a parliamentary debate and potentially a vote. The proposal is supported by 294 of Sudan’s 490 lawmakers, including the ruling National Congress Party and some smaller groups.

If it adopts the amendment, Sudan would be following a trend in nearby East Africa, where Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi have altered laws governing presidential terms.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammed Alamin in Khartoum at malamin1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.net, Michael Gunn, Pauline Bax

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