Human Rights

Sudan’s constitution amending panel adjourns first meeting

KHARTOUM, The Emergency Constitutional Amendments Committee in Sudan has postponed its first meeting, planned Sunday February 17.

In a statement to the Sudan News Agency, SUNA, the committee attributed the decision to “urgent commitments related to the committee chairmanship”.

It added that a new date would be set for the meeting later.

Sudan Tribune news website, however, reported that the committee had received directives from top state officials to slow down its work due to the ongoing protests against President Omar Al-Bashir and his government.

The proposed amendments include the removal of the two-term cap of the presidency to allow President Al-Bashir to run for a third term in 2020.

On December 4, 2018, a majority of Sudanese lawmakers ratified the proposed amendments and had tasked the emergency committee with drafting the changes ahead of the parliament’s first session in April.

Two weeks later, non-stop massive anti-government protests were erupted across Sudan demanding President Al-Bashir to step down.

The protests led to nearly 30 deaths and 800 arrests, according to official figures. But opposition estimates put the figures at 50 deaths and more than 1,000 detainees.

Source: Kuwait News Agency