Omar al-Bashir to quit as president in 2020

Omar al-Bashir to quit as president in 2020

Sudanese president,Omar al-Bashir has revealed his intention not to seek re-election as president when his term of office ends.

Omar al-Bashir to quit as president in 2020

Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir/ Photo Credit : Reuters

The president made this revelation in an interview with the BBC’s Thomas Fessy.

According to Omar al-Bashir, his job has a president is very exhaustive and hence after been president for all these years, he will like to step down and not seek re-election come 2020, when his tenure expires.

"In 2020, there will be a new president and I will be an ex-president," he said.

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Mr. al-Bashir’s decision comes as a surprise to many and especially his skeptics who say that this is one of the numerous pledges the president makes without any intentions of honouring.  Mr. al-Bashir is reported to have pledged to step down in the past but later rescinded on his decision.

Mr Bashir in his interview with the BBC denied allegations of abuses perpetrated by the Sudanese forces in renewed violence against black African villages who took up arms in the country's western Darfur region.

President Bashir in his interview also said that there was no reason for the UN peacekeepers and aid workers to stay in the troubled Darfur region despite the UN’s assertion that more than 2.5 million people who have been displaced in Darfur since 2003 need aid.

The president has been indicted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on counts of genocide and war crimes. Mr Bashir has been in power since 1989. He won elections in April last year.

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