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02/26/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Sudan’s president, Omar al-Bashir, imposed a national state of emergency on Friday, February 26. Under the state of emergency, he fired all state governors and shutdown the federal government. Many critics and analysts believe that this is his attempt to regain power that he has been lost in recent months.

Bashir’s loss of power started in December when the price of bread rose by three times. Due to this and the extreme leadership that Bashir has had over the Sudanese people for the past 30 years, large protests began. These protests involved thousands of citizens crowding different areas of Khartoum, calling for Bashir’s time as president to end. Many lives have been lost during these protests due to violent police and government actions to end the peaceful gatherings.

Bashir used the protests as an excuse to fire the governors and federal employees, and to ban all peaceful but unauthorized gatherings throughout the country. After firing the governors, he placed security and military officials in their place. This has been seen as a move back to his military dictatorship beginnings.

Sudan, under the leadership of Bashir, continues to be one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. This means that Bashir continuing to hold power will almost ensure extreme persecution of Christians in Sudan. They ranked number six in the Open Doors World Watch List for 2019.

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