Shortly before Bashir's announcement, the head of the brutal National Security and Intelligence Service Salah Gosh announced that Bashir would be stepping down from power. It remains unclear why Gosh made such a statement, and he has not been heard from since.
In a televised address that he was late too, Bashir called for Sudan's parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for another term. Bashir's dictatorship has a long history of rigging elections through mass voter disenfranchisement, violence, and ballot-box stuffing.
Sudan's dictator of nearly 30 years also said that the popular protests that have rocked Sudan since December are lawful, despite his security forces murdering, torturing, and raping unarmed protesters the past several weeks. Earlier today, government forces fired tear gas into crowds of unarmed protesters.
It remains unclear what will happen next. There is a high likelihood that Bashir will use this state of emergency as a reason to deepen his violent crackdown on Sudanese citizens who are demanding their basic rights. Unarmed and peaceful protesters are already facing live fire, tear gas, and brutal beatings by government security forces. If Bashir doubles down on this failing strategy, protesters could be facing off against heavily-armed security forces that have been told to not hold anything back.
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