Sudan Protests Witness Parliament Abruptly Calling Off Meet

Protests in Sudan to sack the President Omar al-Bashir caught pace once again on Sunday as demonstrators gathered in the capital and called for an end to the autocratic reign of his three-decade-old rule. The Sudanese parliamentary committee, tasked to amend the constitution for allowing the President to run for another term, had to abruptly call off its meeting.

According to the nation’s constitution, which was amended in 2005, the President can run for a maximum of two five-year terms, despite which al-Bashir has oddly ruled the nation for 30 years.

Back in December, the Sudanese parliament led by the members of President’s National Congress party, asked for a constitutional amendment to allow al-Bashir to indefinitely run for the presidency.

Protests in Sudan began in mid-December after the government announced scrapping of the subsidies on wheat and fuel. At the time these protests began, inflation in the country was recorded at a record 72.94 per cent.

According to a local activist, police in Khartoum used tear gas to disperse the people gathered for anti-government protests. The doctor’s union also reported a causality after a person named, Abu Bakr Yussef, died of choking on the fired tear gas. With the death of a 62-year-old man, the toll since uprising has reached to at least 58 people. However, the government’s official record still counts 30 as the numbers have possibly not been updated in days.

People who gathered in the nation’s capital enchanted slogans demanding “freedom, peace, justice” and emphasized that “revolution is a people’s choice”. Al-Bashir first assumed power in 1989 and has ruled his nation since.

Clearly, people in Sudan cannot live hanging the albatross in their neck, thus they carried on the protests despite fear of the government harming them. Besides, with the economy falling like ‘nine-pins’, the nation’s bargaining power has severely hit at the world stage. Correspondingly, the factors such as currency’s purchasing power, and the leader’s inability to provide the people with basic amenities, reveal why al-Bashir is certainly not looked upon by the nation as an altruistic leader.

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