Abdel Fattah al-Burhan lifts state of emergency in Sudan


The ruling sovereign council stated that Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has lifted a state of emergency imposed since last year’s military coup.

Burhan “issued a decree lifting the state of emergency nationwide,” the council said in a statement.

The order was made “to prepare the atmosphere for a fruitful and meaningful dialogue that achieves stability for the transitional period”, it explained.

This decision was made after a meeting with senior military officials recommending the state of emergency be lifted and people detained under an emergency law be freed.

It also came after the latest calls by UN special representative Volker Perthes for removing the state of emergency, following the killing of two protesters during anti-coup protests on Saturday.

Sudan has been rocked by mass protests since the coup, which have been met by a violent crackdown that has left nearly 100 people dead and hundreds wounded, according to pro-democracy medics.

The military takeover triggered widespread international condemnation and punitive measures, including crucial aid cuts by Western governments pending the resumption of the transition to civilian rule.

Burhan has pledged to free political detainees to set the stage for talks among Sudanese factions.