NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 3 – Re-elected Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir was today sworn-in for another term in office in a ceremony attended by the Head of State Uhuru Kenyatta among a galaxy of national leaders from Africa and the Middle East.
The inauguration ceremony held at the National Assembly at Omdurman was witnessed by representatives from over 30 countries including presidents, heads of government and senior ministers from respective countries.
African Union chairman and Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe represented the strong 53-member AU at the ceremony also attended by the Leader of the Arab League.
The colorful swearing-in ceremony was conducted in a full-house Parliament from where President Bashir addressed the invited leaders and the nation on issues of the economy, regional stability, his commitment to women empowerment and the menace of the Al Shabaab.
He also thanked all the leaders present for their solidarity.
The inauguration ceremony was preceded by Islamic prayers and the national anthem which riverberated inside the fully packed National Assembly.
During the April elections, the Sudanese people gave their leader another term in office by returning a 94 per cent of the vote in support.
According to the local electoral body, President Bashir garnered a total of 5.58 million votes to beat a record 14 other presidential candidates.
On arrival at the Khartoum International Airport on Tuesday morning President Kenyatta was received by Sudanese First Vice President Bakri Hassan Salh and Kenya’s Ambassador to Sudan Arown K. Suge among other senior officials from the Embassy.
And after the inauguration ceremony, President Bashir treated the invited Presidents and Heads of State to a luncheon at the new Republican Palace in Khartoum.