Sudan: March 12, 2000


What else is new? The Sudanese parliament voted to extend the "state of emergency" declared last December 12th. This could mean the power struggle between President Omar al-Beshir and the former speaker of the parliament (and radical Islamist) Hassan al-Turabi, really isn't over. Or, it could mean that al-Beshir, who appears to have marginalized al-Turabi, realizes the "state of emergency" increases his power. In the "state of emergency" the Sudanese government has greater police powers and extensive authority to disallow or break-up political meetings and demonstrations. Originally, al-Beshir dissolved parliament when members loyal to al-Turabi introduced legislation to limit presidential powers. 


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