/**/ Sudanese army says won’t ‘allow the state to fall’ Sudanese army says won’t ‘allow the state to fall’

Sudanese army says won’t ‘allow the state to fall’

The Sudanese army has said it will not allow the country to collapse following weeks of rare protests against President Omar al-Bashir’s reign.

“The armed forces will not allow the Sudanese state to fall or to slide into the unknown,” General Kamal Abdul Maarouf, chief of staff of the armed forces, said in a statement on Wednesday.
Thousands of Sudanese citizens have been protesting over shortage of bread and fuel in the country, also demanding an end to President al-Bashir’s three-decade rule.

General Maarouf said those leading the protests were hostile to Sudan and were hurting the country’s image.

His remarks came following allegations that security forces had detained the daughter of opposition leader Sadiq al-Mahdi.

Rights groups allege that clashes between security forces and the protesters have killed at least 45, though official figures from the government say those who have lost their lives are 30.

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