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Emergency lifted after coup in Sudan

Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday lifted a state of emergency imposed since last year’s military coup, the ruling sovereign council said.

In a statement, the council said Burhan “issued a decree lifting the state of emergency across the country.”

The order was created to “create the atmosphere for a fruitful and meaningful dialogue that gains stability for the transitional period,” it added.

Sunday’s decision came after a meeting with senior military officials recommended lifting of the state of emergency and the release of those detained under the Emergency Act.

It also came after UN Special Representative Volker Perth’s latest call for the lifting of the state of emergency after two demonstrators were killed during anti-coup protests on Saturday.

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Sudan has been rocked by mass protests since the coup, according to pro-democracy doctors, which have been met with a violent crackdown that has killed nearly 100 people and injured hundreds.

Hundreds of activists have also been arrested in the bandh under emergency laws.

On Sunday, military officials also recommended allowing Qatar-based network Al Jazeera’s live TV unit to resume operations in Sudan after authorities banned it for “unprofessional” coverage of protests in January. Had given.

Sudan has been mired in deep unrest over a fragile transition since Burhan led the October 25 coup that ousted President Omar al-Bashir from power in 2019.

The military takeover triggered widespread international condemnation and punitive measures, including significant aid cuts by Western governments to restart the transition to civilian rule.

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Sudan, one of the world’s poorest countries, is also grappling with a declining economy caused by decades of international isolation and Bashir’s mismanagement.

The United Nations, along with the African Union and the regional bloc IGAD, is pushing to facilitate Sudan-led talks to resolve the crisis.

Western governments have supported the UN-AU-IGAD bid and urged Sudanese factions to participate in the process.

Burhan has promised to free political prisoners to set the stage for talks between Sudanese factions.

Last month, Sudanese authorities released several anti-coup civilian leaders arrested in action.

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