Al-Bashir assures Sudan of new resolve to promote national dialogue

The Sudanese leader called on all the political parties to “participate in the dialogue” and “to put forward their ideas”

Sudan’s President Omar Al-Bashir announced Monday that his government will issue new measures within the coming days “to boost the National Dialogue initiative”.

The Sudanese leader called on all the political parties to “participate in the dialogue” and “to put forward their ideas”.

“The agreed National Dialogue initiative must be the basic reference. It seeks a comprehensive dialogue with the involvement of all the political groups,” Bashir told the Sudanese lawmakers.

Stressing that his government would pursue the country’s reform based on “justice and transparency with a view to ensuring Sudan’s continued stability, Bashir told parliament “we are committed to supporting all our citizens, regardless of their political affiliations”.

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“I have also ordered the cabinet to adopt appropriate measures regarding state institutions and to carry out necessary reforms to the civil service while promoting good governance, rule of law, and human rights,” he added.

On the African country’s continuing street protests, Bashir pointed out that some of the anti-government protesters’ demands were “legitimate,” adding the other demonstrators had “unlawful ways and destroyed national properties.”

The president also warned that some of the Sudanese political groups were trying “to use the demonstrations to serve their own political objectives.”

Sudanese cities have witnessed major protests against price hikes for over 3 months now . Protesters demand that Bashir step down as president. According to government statistics, 32 persons died during the protests but rights groups believe the number is higher.

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Bashir, 75, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, initially imposed a year-long state of emergency but lawmakers have had it cut to six months.

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