KHARTOUM – Sudan’s Sovereign Transitional Council has lifted the state of emergency imposed after …
the military coup last Oct. 25. In a statement released to Sudanese media, Sovereign Council Chairman Abdel Fattah al Burhan made it clear that the decision was made at the end of a meeting of the Security and Defense Council, which he chaired, with the aim of creating the “right atmosphere” to facilitate dialogue.
Meanwhile, according to a report by the online newspaper Sudan Tribune, the council announced the release of some 125 political prisoners held in various jails and detention centers across the country as initiators of protests in recent months against the ruling military junta.
The protests are organized locally by the Resistance Committees, which plan a unified march to the presidential headquarters on June 2. Last Oct. 25, al Burhan dissolved the transitional civilian government led by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and suspended a series of political and economic reforms and preparations for elections. Since then several members of the Forces for Freedom and Change (Fcc) have been arrested and about a hundred protesters have been killed in the many protests that have ensued.