Protests will not change Sudan government – Bashir

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Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir reiterated he would not step down after weeks of violent protests and calls for him to quit over a worsening economic crisis.

Protests rippled across Sudan since December 19 in the most sustained challenge yet to Bashir’s close to 30-year rule. Security forces used live ammunition to disperse demonstrations. The official death toll stands at 24. Amnesty International said at least 40 people have been killed.

“Government does not change through demonstrations,” Bashir said, speaking to supporters in Nyala in South Darfur a day after protesters demonstrated there for the first time.

“We said we have an economic problem and it is not solved via vandalism,” he said.