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Third party withdraws from Sudanese govt amid protests

Ahram Online , Sunday 27 Jan 2019
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The Federal Umma Party announced its withdrawal from all state executive and legislative positions, being the third political party in Sudan to take such step amid ongoing protests over bread price hikes. 

Negm El-Din Deresa, a leading figure in the party, said its leadership called on Al-Bashir to step down and form a "national government" after disregarding the party's initiatives for solving the ongoing political crisis, Sky News Arabia reported on Sunday.

Yet, Omar Soliman, minister of tourism and culture, refused to leave his post and decided to join Sudan's ruling National Congress Party (NCP) after splitting from the Federal Umma Party.

The Reform Now Movement, led by Ghazi Salah El-Din, and Mubarak Al-Fadil Al-Mahdi's Umma Party for Reform and Renewal decided earlier to follow the same path, demanding the departure of Al-Bashir's regime and formation of a transitional government.

Sudan has been hit by nationwide protests since last month over the decision of the government to increase bread prices, leading to the death--according to official figures-- of  30 persons. 

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