Sudanese President to run for third term

Sudan's President, Omar al-Bashir

Sudan’s President, Omar al-Bashir will run for a third term in 2020 after the ruling party backed him as its candidate.

Mr Bashir, 74, came to power in a military coup in 1989. He had said after the 2015 election that he would not run again.

Sudan’s constitution only allows two five-year terms, but it will likely be amended to accommodate Mr Bashir’s ambition.

The party’s advisory council chief, Kabashor Koko said the decision to nominate Mr Bashir was taken by the party at all levels.

“We have decided to adopt all necessary procedures for him to run in the 2020 election,” he told reporters after the meeting.

Mr Bashir won 94% of the vote in the last election amid calls by the opposition to boycotts.

Previous presidential elections have been criticised by human rights groups as lacking credibility.

Mr Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court, ICC for alleged war crimes and genocide in the conflict-wracked western region of Darfur.

He, however, denies responsibility for the killings.

Emmanuel Ukoh