Sudan cuts state of emergency to six months
Sudan’s parliament has approved a nation-wide state of emergency of six months in place of the one-year period ordered by President Omar al-Bashir last month.
Sudan’s leader ordered a year-long state of emergency from February 22 in a bid to quell protests calling for him to step down. However, the speaker of parliament Ibrahim Ahmed Omer announced on Monday that lawmakers had voted to approve a period of six months instead.
Parliament slashes state of emergency
Sudan has been gripped by protests since December 19 after the government decided to triple the price of bread. While the demonstrations initially began over food prices and commodity shortages, protesters began calling for regime change and the resignation of long-serving president Omar al-Bashir.
Heavy crackdowns on protests have killed dozens of people but failed to bring an end to the demonstrations. Bashir announced a state of emergency last month and replaced government ministers with military personnel but protesters remain defiant.
Analysts have called this the biggest threat to Bashir’s rule which stretches back three decades.
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