Sudan: President declares year-long state of emergency


Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has declared a year-long state of emergency following weeks of protests calling for him to step down.

Bashir announced the nationwide state of emergency during a TV address on Friday and disbanded the country’s government, replacing officials with military personnel. Protesters took to the streets once again in the city of Omdurman following the announcement where security forces fired teargas at crowds.

Sudan declares state of emergency

“I announce imposing a state of emergency across the country for one year,” Bashir said during the televised address. “I announce dissolving the government at the federal level and at the provincial levels,” he added.

Bashir’s state of emergency essentially gives security forces unilateral powers to deal with protests. Sudan has been rocked by demonstrations since December 19, which initially started over rising food prices.

The president also said he will postpone his push for constitutional amendments that would allow him to seek a third term in office.

However, the Sudanese Professional Association, which is spearheading ongoing demonstrations in the country, has vowed to intensify protests on the streets unless Bashir steps down as president.

Featured image: Autor: محسن الفكي – Vlastní dílo, CC BY-SA 3.0,

About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.