In Sudan, President Omar Al-Bashir After several weeks with government-critical protests a state of emergency proclaimed. This will apply for a year, said the head of state in a televised speech. The national and state governments would be disbanded, the state news agency Suna Al-Bashir quoted.
In the TV address Al-Bashir also said he would resign as president of the ruling party. He asked Parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him another term after the presidential election in 2020.
Since December there are demonstrations with thousands of people on the streets of several cities in the sudan, Initially, the protests were triggered by an increase in bread and oil prices. The country in northeastern Africa is in a serious economic crisis. But many are now calling for the resignation of Al-Bashir, who has ruled the country autocratically for 30 years.
Forces were brutal and, according to human rights activists, some with live ammunition against the demonstrators. Recently, at least twelve opponents to the government were arrested, according to opposition figures.
The International Criminal Court in The Hague accuses Al-Bashir of genocide and crimes against humanity and war crimes in the Darfur conflict since 2003. Since 2009, international arrest warrants have been filed against him. According to UN figures, 300,000 people were killed in the conflict.