Sudan President Omar al-Bashir vows to stay in power as protests rage on

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Sudan President Omar al-Bashir has told supporters he will remain in power, regardless of ongoing protests calling for him to step down.

Anti-government protests have been marching across much of Sudan for almost three weeks now, calling for long-time ruler al-Bashir to resign. However, the embattled leader greeted thousands of supporters in the capital of Khartoum on Wednesday, vowing to stay on as the country’s leader.

Al-Bashir vows to stay in power

Thousands of al-Bashir supporters gathered in Khartoum on Wednesday in a show of support for Sudan’s government, which is facing a spate of demonstrations over food prices and wider political concerns. What started as protests against bread prices has expanded into anti-government dissent and calls for President al-Bashir to step down.

While thousands of al-Bashir supporters gathered in the capital on Wednesday, protesters marched in the neighbouring city of Omdurman, calling for al-Bashir to step down a matter of miles away from where he was vowing to stay in power.

Security forces clashed with demonstrators in Omdurman, firing tear gas at crowds but no accounts of live ammunition being fired have been reported. At least 19 people have been killed during protests violence in recent weeks with security forces firing upon crowds on multiple occasions.

While the demonstration in Omdurman was being tackled by security forces, al-Bashir sent a message out to “those who are seeking power” that “there is one way which is in the ballot box, through free and fair elections.”

Featured image: By محسن الفكي – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=31412866

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.