Sudan Lifts State of Emergency

Sudan’s military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan on Sunday lifted a state of emergency that was imposed after a coup in October last year.

The country’s ruling sovereign council said in a statement that the move was “to prepare the atmosphere for a fruitful and meaningful dialogue that achieves stability for the transitional period,” local media reported.

The decision came after senior military officials recommended in a Sunday meeting that the state of emergency be lifted and people detained under the emergency measure be freed. 

After the announcement, 125 political detainees were released after months of arbitrary detention under the state of emergency.

Sudan has been rocked by mass protests since the coup on October 25. Nearly 100 people were killed and hundreds wounded in violent crackdowns on rallies, according to pro-democracy groups.

The lifting also follows calls by UN special representative Volker Perthes to remove the state of emergency, following the killing of two dissenters during anti-coup protests on Saturday.

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