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Sudan’s Al-Burhan will abolish state of emergency within days

Sudan's Al-Burhan will abolish state of emergency within days

Senior Sudanese sources said that the head of Sudan’s Sovereign Council, Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, will issue a statement in the coming days, in which he would announce a number of decisions, including “the removal of the state of emergency relating to political action and freedom of expression.” 

Sudan has been in a political crisis since Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency and disbanded the Sovereignty Council and the Council of Ministers, led by Abdullah Hamdok, on October 25. 

According to Sudanese sources, Al-Burhan “would call for dialogue and the relaxing of the emergency measures he enacted previously” in his address, adding that he “will annul the political emergency and freedom of expression while maintaining the economic situation.” 

“The state of emergency must be presented to Parliament for ratification within 15 days of its declaration,” according to a constitutional agreement signed by the Sudanese military component with the “Forces of Freedom and Change” in 2019. 

The Sudanese Sovereignty Council met at the Republican Palace on Monday to discuss “ongoing endeavors regarding political accord and compromise among all national components, to address the blockage of the political horizon and the waste of time that has left behind a flabby reality in which many initiatives have failed to bear fruit in reaching a stable democratic state that meets the aspirations of the citizens,” and to promote “the ongoing endeavors regarding political accord and compromise among all national components, to address the blockage of the political 

“There are measures that will be taken during the next 48 hours with the aim of creating a climate for dialogue, including the release of all political detainees,” Al-Burhan said at an iftar hosted by a member of the Sovereign Council, Lieutenant-General Yasser Al-Atta, adding that his country is seeking to “review the state of emergency”. 

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