US Orders Personnel Out of Sudan

Protesters defy military-imposed curfew
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 12, 2019 12:07 AM CDT
US Orders Personnel Out of Sudan
Uniformed Sudanese soldiers flash the victory sign as they stand among protesters at a demonstration near the military headquarters, Tuesday, April 9, 2019.   (AP Photo)

The US State Department has ordered all non-essential US government workers to leave Sudan, following the Sudanese military's ouster of President Omar al-Bashir after months of escalating public protests against his repressive 30-year rule. The announcement also recommended that US citizens not travel to the troubled African nation, citing the risks of "crime, terrorism, civil unrest, kidnapping, and armed conflict," the AP reports. After removing al-Bashir on Thursday, Sudan's military installed a council that it says will govern the country for the next two years. But pro-democracy demonstrators are vowing to keep up their campaign in the streets.

A group organizing protests says people are defying a curfew that has been imposed across Sudan. Defense Minister Awad Mohammed Ibn Ouf, head of the military council, on Thursday declared a monthlong 10pm-4am curfew. But the Sudanese Professional Association says pro-democracy demonstrators are staying in the streets and it is urging people to continue rallies across Sudan until they bring "the overthrow of the entire regime." Aside from the military council, protesters are angry over a package of measures taken by the military after al-Bashir's overthrow, including the suspension of the constitution, and the closure of the country's borders and airspace.

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