Sudan President Omar al-Bashir declares state of emergency

Sudan’s long serving President Omar al-Bashir has declared a national state of emergency for one year. The Head of State who has been the target of massive anti-government protests in the recent past also sacked all governors of the country’s 18 provinces.
In an address to the nation, Bashir announced he would step down as head of ruling National Congress Party (NCP). He went ahead to call on Parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would see him stay in power beyond 2020 which had ignited the wide protests in the country. “I announce imposing a state of emergency across the country for one year. I also announce dissolving the government at the federal level and at the provincial levels. The ongoing demonstrations are an attempt to destablise the State,” he said.
Shortly after announcing the dissolving of the federal governments, Bashir, 75, appointed army and security officers to take charge of the 18 provinces. Before his address, Sudan’s Intelligence body hinted Bashir would be stepping down as the Head of State but that did not come to pass as he only relinquished his leadership of NCP.
He sacked all ministers save for five in the Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs ministries who would keep their jobs. The leader’s stay in power for 30 years ignited heightened public rage in December 2018 when government cut down bread and fuel subsidies leading to the incessant anti-government protests. He has been in power since 1989 after getting into power through successfully leading a coup but protesters, most who have been arrested said they would stop at nothing short of Bashir’s relinquishing of power.

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