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Sudan Protesters Rally as New Cabinet Sworn In


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Thu, 14 Mar 2019 21:25 GMT

Clashes have continued to take place between Sudanese protesters, with local police using tear gas, on Thursday March 14th in the Sudanese capital Khartoum, over President Omar al-Bashir’s cabinet reshuffle, AFP reported.

"How long will you remain silent?" chanted some protesters, urging residents to join the demonstrations. Chanting their movement's catchphrase, "freedom, peace, justice," protesters took to the streets in areas of Khartoum and its twin city of Omdurman, witnesses said.

Bashir, on Thursday March 14th, swore in a new cabinet tasked with tackling the economic crisis, the key factor behind the protests. Prime minister Mohamed Tahir Eila is leading the new cabinet, Sudan's third government in less than two years. The previous two premiers have been sacked by Bashir for failing to revive the economy.

"We recognise the main issues, the issues of bread and oil, that need to be solved," Eila told reporters on Wednesday March 13th. "The economic issues need to be solved immediately as it impacts inflation and our exchange rate."

Sudan has for years been grappling with soaring inflation and an acute shortage of foreign currency, especially since the secession of South Sudan in 2011 that took away the bulk of oil earnings. Massive protests have taken over Sudan after the government’s decision to triple the price of bread in December, then they escalated further to oust Bashir's rule, who seized power in 1989, from stretching into the third decade, and the widespread protests have posed the biggest threats against his rule since he came to power. Officials say 31 people have died during the protests so far, but Human Rights Watch has put the death toll at 51.