Fuel price rise riots create unstable situation in Sudan


There have been a series of protests across Sudan this week following a government decision to reduce subsidies on fuel. The protests have resulted in the deaths of at least 29 people say the government although the opposition say the figure is closer to 100 along with hundreds more being injured.

The violence has broken out in all parts of the country and the United States has warned its citizens to take extreme caution not to go near flash points.

As a result of the protests the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) called on the Sudanese government to annul its decision because it was causing great hardship to the people. The Sudan Tribune suggests that this is also an implicit threat to withdraw from the government.

In other news, President Omar Al-Bashir has decided not to travel to the US to address the United Nations General Assembly and instead his Foreign Minister will give the address. President Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on ten counts of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Darfur conflict.

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