The Sudanese ruling party consultative council (shura) has nominated Omer al-Bashir as flag bearer of National Congress Party (NCP) in the forthcoming presidential elections.
However, the country’s constitution provides for only a two term limit that is nonrenewable. Thus Bashir accepting this nomination is a violation of the constitution.
Last week on Thursday, the NCP Shura abolished presidential term limits, paving the way for al-Bashir to stay in power for a third term.
Bashir said in his acceptance speech at the closing session of the Shura Council on Saturday evening; “I want to thank the party’s leadership and members for placing your confidence in my humble person. This is a great trust and responsibility. It is my honour and privilege to accept this confidence.”
Meanwhile, the Sudanese opposition has rejected the nomination of the incumbent president for a third term and said will only participate in the upcoming elections if the ruling party nominates another candidate not Bashir.