Sudan president presents reform plan

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has presented a plan to his government partners to oversee the drafting of a new constitution.

Sudan president presents reform plan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Wednesday presented a reform plan to his government partners, a well-informed Sudanese source said.

"Wednesday's meeting will be followed by meetings with leaders of opposition parties," the source told Anadolu Agency, requesting anonymity.

Except for the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), led by renowned Sudanese politician Mohamed Osman al-Mirghani, most of the parties participating in al-Bashir's government are not popular, having defected from main opposition parties.

Al-Bashir made an unprecedented cabinet reshuffle in December, sacking most old faces in the government.

Some observers expect the reform paper to allow the opposition to take part in the formation of a government that will oversee the drafting of a new constitution as well as opening the door for negotiations with militias fighting the central government in eight of Sudan's 18 states.

Al-Bashir faced Sudan's strongest protests last September on the background of austerity measures announced by his government then. Scores of people were killed in the subsequent crackdown.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 23 Ocak 2014, 09:25