Sudan's Bashir says he will step down if beaten at polls

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (C) gestures to supporters after delivering a speech during an election campaign rally in Wad Madani, February 26, 2015Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday he would stand down if he is voted out at polls in April, as he launched his campaign which he is widely expected to win. “I will leave but by the ballot box,” Bashir told a rally in Wad Madani southeast of Khartoum, where he was launching his campaign for the presidential election. “The Sudanese people hold power and choose who governs and represents them through the ballot box,” he told the cheering crowd on the outskirts of Wad Madani, in Jazira state, a farming area. Bashir, 71, also criticised his opponents who have said they will boycott the April 13 legislative and presidential elections.

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