Sudan leader says he intends to step down in 2015

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KHARTOUM, Sudan — Sudan’s president said he intends to step down in 2015 after more than 20 years in power.

In an interview published in several Sudanese dailies on Wednesday, Omar al-Bashir said the people of Sudan need a new leader.

The International Criminal Court has charged al-Bashir with genocide and other crimes during the deadly conflict in Sudan’s western Darfur region. Despite an international warrant for his arrest, he has travelled to several friendly nations since he was indicted in open defiance of the court, which has no police force to arrest suspects.