National Emergency in Sudan, Indonesian Embassy Calms Its Citizens

Khartoum, MINA – After Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir announced a national emergency for a year, the Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum, appealed to its citizens (WNI) in the African capital to remain calm and alert.

“The Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum appealed to all Indonesian citizens in Khartoum and surrounding areas to remain calm and continue to increase their vigilance and immediately coordinate with the Indonesian Embassy,” Indonesian embassy said in statement, Friday night after the emergency announced.

The Indonesian Embassy also opens the Consular and Protection of Indonesian Citizens / BHI (Indonesian Legal Aid) hotline to serve reports from Indonesian citizens if things happen that endanger or threaten personal safety.

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Earlier, in a speech broadcast on local television on Friday, President Bashir declared a year-long national emergency, dissolving his cabinet and regional governments throughout the country.

Bashir also called on the Sudanese parliament to postpone the constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for the next term in the 2020 presidential election.

As the protests have rocked his government in recent months, the 75-year-old said, “our people’s demands for better living conditions are legitimate.”

“I will not stop asking all parties to sit at the dialogue,” Bashir said, adding that he would remain “the youth side representing Sudan’s future.”

Every months, almost daily protests took place against his government, with thousands of people taking to the streets across the country since December 19 ask him to step down after nearly three decades in office.


Activists say nearly 60 people have been killed since the protests began, while authorities say the death toll was 31 people. (TL/Sj/P2)

Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)