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Sudan amends constitution to let Bashir name governors

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, pictured in Khartoum on December 31, 2014, is standing again in elections now scheduled for April 13Sudan’s parliament on Sunday passed constitutional amendments allowing President Omar al-Bashir to appoint state governors directly and expanding the mandate of its powerful security agency. “The amendments were approved unanimously,” national assembly speaker Al-Fatih Ezzedine Mansour said after parliament agreed to 18 changes. Elections for state governors had also been due to take place in April along with presidential and parliamentary polls. Another amendment expanded the responsibilities of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service.

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