South Sudan bans illegal protests

Sudan government arrests opposition leaders ahead of protest

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir banned unlicensed public gatherings and protests on Monday in a series of emergency decrees issued during the most sustained anti-government street unrest of his 30-year rule.

In a statement from the presidential palace, Bashir also announced a ban on trading or hoarding fuel products and subsidized goods, plus new regulations on trading and transporting foreign currency and gold.

On Friday, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir declared a state of emergency for one year and called a national dialogue amid the political crisis in the north African country.

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In the recent unrest, 10 opposition leaders were arrested after they staged a protest.

Sudan has been rocked by a wave of protests since December calling on al-Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 military coup, to step down. Activists say at least 57 people have been killed, but the government tally stands at 30.

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