SUDAN VP SAYS STATE OF EMERGENCY NOT AIMED AT PROTESTERS
Written by thereachfm on February 28, 2019
Sudan’s vice president, Awad Ibnouf, yesterday announced that the nationwide state of emergency announced last week was not targeted at protesters but aimed at curbing smuggling that was destroying the economy.
The remarks came barely a day after Western powers led by Washington rebuked Khartoum for what they called a return to military rule. President Omar al-Bashir had declared the year-long state of emergency last week Friday after a sweeping crackdown led by security agents failed to suppress more than two months of protests.
Reports say Bashir has announced a slew of measures, including banning any kind of unauthorised demonstrations while giving powers to security forces to carry out raids and search people.
Meanwhile, Sudanese officials have regularly said that widespread smuggling of gold and other commodities has severely hit an already dilapidated economy.