World Bulletin / News Desk
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday once more turned down calls by the opposition for postponing his country's presidential election, which is slated for April 2015.
“Holding the election in time is a constitutional obligation,” al-Bashir told reporters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, following a meeting with a group of lawmakers. “There is no reason to postpone it.”
The Sudanese president had repeatedly refused to postpone the election, even as several opposition parties had boycotted a national dialogue preparing for the poll.
Sudan’s Umma and Islah parties, which had boycotted the national dialogue, said no decision should be made on the election before the national dialogue comes to an end.
Sudan has been plagued by internal differences, fights between the army and rebel movements, especially in the southern and western parts of the country, and a deteriorating economy for several years now.
What initially seemed to be a popular uprising against long-serving al-Bashir in some of the country's states last year was immediately and brutally quashed by the authorities.Last Mod: 14 Temmuz 2014, 10:04