Opposition call for Bashir to step down

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Sudan’s main opposition party leader Sadiq al-Mahdi called on President Omar al-Bashir to step down and meet the opposition to agree on details of a transitional process to end the nation’s crisis, a statement said.

“You can achieve a safe exit for the country which will be appreciated by the Sudanese people and history and will transform the deep polarisation into national unity and international isolation into international co-operation,” the opposition party statement said.

The call comes after a week of measures aimed at combating an unprecedented wave of protests threatening Bashir’s three decade rule and include declaring a nationwide state of emergency and sacking  governors of Sudan’s 18 states replacing them with military and security officials.

The statement called on Bashir to end the state of emergency, end torture and release all political prisoners.

Protests in Sudan, initially over high bread prices, have taken place nearly every day since December 19 and developed into the most sustained challenge that Bashir has faced.