Western powers rebuke Sudan over ‘return to military rule’

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Western powers including the US rebuked Sudan on Tuesday for its “return to military rule”, after President Omar al-Bashir imposed a state of emergency and appointed army officers to top government posts.

Bashir declared a year-long nationwide emergency on Friday after a deadly crackdown failed to suppress weeks of protests against his rule.

He also dissolved the federal and provincial governments and appointed 16 army officers and two officers from the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service as governors for the country’s 18 provinces.

The President went further still, banning all unauthorised rallies and giving sweeping powers to security forces to raid buildings and search people.

The United States, Britain, Norway and Canada expressed concern on Tuesday over his directives.