Sudan’s President Declares Year-Long State of Emergency in Face of Mass Protests

President Omar Bashir declared a nationwide state of emergency and dissolved the government in an effort to quell a national uprising against his authoritarian rule over Sudan for three decades. The declaration of a state of emergency comes as the country has been rocked by weeks of demonstrations against the government.

Organizers of the demonstrations vowed to press on until Bashir steps down. Protests began December 19, sparked by an increase in the cost of food. Protests first erupted in the farming town of Atbara, but quickly spreading throughout the country and became a major challenge to Bashir’s rule.

Human rights groups say at least 51 people have been killed by government forces including victims of torture. The government has launched a sweeping crackdown against protesters, jailing hundreds including journalists and the political opposition.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has appointed a new first vice president and prime minister, a day after declaring a year-long state of emergency to counter protests calling for his removal from office.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir declared the national state of emergency in a TV address, dismissing the federal government and sacking all state governors and later appointing members of the government’s security forces as replacement governors.

 

 

Photo: الرئيس السوداني عمر البشير by محسن الفكي is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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