Al-Bashir vows to stay in power, as protests massed the streets

Police using tear gas and blocking roads to break demonstrations

By Sohaila Barghash

“We are struggling to provide our daily life needs, we will continue to protest until Bashir’s government falls.” a 43-year-old protester said.

As Sudan’s president, Omar Al-Bashir announces he is not stepping down, adding, whoever is seeking power must do it through the only way, which is in the ballot box, through free and fair elections.

Al-Bashir also blamed unnamed foreign powers for provoking weeks of demonstrations triggered by deteriorating economic crisis.

Protesters are carrying banners and chanting, “The people want the fall of the regime,” a statement made famous in the Arab Spring protests of 2011.

Bashir is a former army general who overthrew the elected government in 1989, and has won elections since then, which many interpreted as neither fair nor free.

Demonstrations that broke out on December 19, turned out to be the most persistent opposition Bashir has faced since he took office.

While lawmakers backed the amendment to let Bashir stand again, people continue to take to the streets, in rebel against the economic crisis and the regime which they consider responsible for all this.

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