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Sudan security service confirm release of all political detainees

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- The Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on Thursday announced the release of all political detainees nationwide, official SUNA news agency reported.

The NISS made the announcement in a statement, without providing further details, SUNA said.

Earlier in the day, the official Sudan TV said the Sudanese Armed Forces would announce an important statement soon.

According to eyewitnesses, military reinforcements are seen around the Sudan Radio and TV building.

Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Saturday and Sunday saw large protests that ended with open sit-ins before the Sudanese army general headquarters.

Since Dec. 19 last year, Sudan has been witnessing popular protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.


Russia government calls for dialogue between all political forces in Sudan

MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) -- Russia has called for all political forces in Sudan to return order to the country after the toppling of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in a military coup, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday.

"We are closely monitoring the situation, and we hope that there will not be an escalation of the situation that could lead to human sacrifice," Peskov told reporters.

He said that the developments in Sudan were exclusively an internal affair of the Sudanese.

But the Kremlin hoped that Russia and Sudan would maintain their relations in any outcome, he added.

The Russian Foreign Ministry urged a settlement to the situation in Sudan through dialogue.

"Moscow expects all Sudanese political forces and power-wielding structures to act with utmost responsibility aiming to stabilize the situation as soon as possible and to prevent its further deterioration," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a news briefing.

Earlier on Thursday, international media reported that a military coup took place in Sudan.

The military detained Bashir, 75, who ruled the country for three decades, and members of his government.

The Sudanese army declared a state of emergency and nationwide curfew.

Sudanese Defense Minister Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf said on Sudanese state TV that a military council is being formed to run the country for a two-year transitional period.

Since December last year, Sudan has been home to popular protests over deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.


United Nations chief calls for restraint in Sudan amid mass protests

UNITED NATIONS (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday called for restraint in Sudan amid mass demonstrations, said his spokesman.

"The secretary-general is following closely the demonstrations in Sudan.

"He appeals to all actors to exercise utmost restraint and avoid violence," Stephane Dujarric, the spokesman, said in a statement.

The UN chief called for full respect for human rights, including the freedom of assembly, the freedom of expression, and the release of detained protestors.

He further called on the Sudanese government to create a conducive environment for a solution to the current situation and to promote an inclusive dialogue, according to the statement.

Guterres affirmed that the United Nations stands ready to support any efforts agreed by the Sudanese to peacefully resolve the current crisis, said the statement.

Six people have been killed since mass protests began to emerge in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum over the weekend.

Sudan government warns against possible civil war due to political polarization

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Minister of Information and Communications Hassan Ismail on Sunday warned against the possibility of a civil war due to the state of political polarization, Sudan’s Ashorooq net reported.

Ismail accused foreign parties, organizations and communities associated with the Sudanese Professionals Association and opposition of collecting large funds to finance the protests in Sudan, the report said.

"The opposition, including the Sudanese Professionals Association (an opposition entity) and their allies in different fronts, have been working on high mobilization for their supporters and the citizens since about 10 days ago," Ismail was quoted as saying.

He also accused the opposition of rejecting dialogue with the government.

He noted that the opposition demands only the overthrow of the government, which is evidence of their rejection to dialogue without provision of visions and ideas.

"The only means to overcome the state of political polarization is to agree on partnership in the political arena, otherwise we will slide to a state of instability, non-recognition of the other and to a civil war," he said.

Since Dec. 19 last year, Sudan has been witnessing mass protests over the deteriorating economic conditions and price hikes of basic commodities.


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