Khartoum – Since the last two months, strong agitations have commenced against President Omar al-Bashir’s government in Sudan. Hundreds of thousands of citizens are participating in the agitation against President Bashir across many major cities including the capital Khartoum while the government is using police forces to suppress them. Despite the action, as the protests are unrelenting, President Bashir has declared a state of emergency in the country. The federal and state governments are dissolved and temporary government is installed in the place.
In 1993, the Sudanese President, Omar al-Bashir came to power in Sudan and successfully consolidated his hold over the country with the help of the military. However, the creation of South Sudan and declining crude oil prices have crippled the Sudanese economy for the last few years. Bashir’s efforts to control the crisis in the economy have failed, and the discontent amongst the population is rising consistently.
The prices of oil and bread are steadily on the rise in Sudan since December and the government’s efforts to curb them have failed. Most of the opposition groups have united to bring down the failing government, and the protests began since the second week of December last year after which President Bashir deployed the security forces on a large scale to dismantle them.
The security forces have used a free hand to suppress the protests. 60 people have died in the crackdown so far. Even so, the demonstrations showed no signs of abating but have intensified instead. Therefore, as a last resort, President Bashir is said to have declared a state of emergency.
With the declaration of an emergency, the central and state governments in the country were dissolved. At the same time, he also indicated at the postponement of amendments to the constitution. President Bashir would be holding talks with the opposition soon, close associates of President Bashir informed.
A few days ago, President Bashir alleged that the revolution was a part of the ‘Arab Spring’ uprising. Earlier, local sources made a startling claim of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) likely being behind the protests that have rocked Bashir.