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Sudan protesters inspired by Algerians' 'toppling' of Bouteflika

It Definitely gives us all hope and reassurance that we must continue [Getty]

Date of publication: 3 April, 2019

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The organisers of Sudan’s protests welcomed Algerian President Bouteflika’s resignation and shared their celebrations with Algerians.

Leaders of Sudan’s ongoing protests have welcomed Algerian President Bouteflika’s resignation following months of protests, hoping that Sudan President Omar al-Bashir’s turn will come soon.

The organisers of the protests who have been mobilising for anti-government demonstrations in the East African country have described the resignation as an “achievement.”

This is "a very positive achievement," Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, a spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Putting an end to Bouteflika’s rule is showing the "success of peaceful resistance within Africa," Abdel-Jaleel said.

It "definitely gives us all hope and reassurance that we must continue," she said.

Sudan has been shaken by almost daily protests since mid-December demanding longtime ruler al-Bashir to step down.

Al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes allegations in Darfur, refused to cede to pressure from Sudanese protesters.

He responded to the demonstrations with a heavy-handed crackdown coupled with a state of emergency being declared on 22 February.

Al-Bashir is supported by many Arab countries who fear the dissent could spread in the region.

Last month, Sudan received a $300-million loan from the Arab Monetary Fund to tackle its foreign currency crisis.

In the March Arab League summit, held in Tunisia, Arab leaders expressed their solidarity in a public statement with a number of politically and socially volatile Arab and Muslim countries, including Sudan.

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