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Bashir Appoints Aide Wanted by ICC

Bashir Appoints Aide Wanted by ICC

Friday, 22 March, 2019 - 08:00
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attends a meeting with his new 20-member cabinet as they take oath at the presidential palace in the capital on March 14, 2019. / AFP / ASHRAF SHAZLY
Khartoum - Ahmed Younes
Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has signed a decree appointing ruling party head Ahmad Haroun, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), as his aide.

Earlier, Bashir transferred his responsibilities as National Congress Party (NCP) leader to Haroun following protests demanding him to step down.

In 2007, Haroun was indicted by the ICC for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in Sudan’s Darfur region. Both Bashir and Haroun are wanted by the ICC. Washington has also imposed sanctions on First Vice President Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf, including freezing his assets and banning dealings with him.

Further, Al-Abyad city started to see a new wave of protests against Bashir’s government after they had stopped for weeks.

The National Umma Party said that the security forces arrested Thursday a number of its leaders prior to protests. It added, in its statement, that Mansour Meghrani Zaki al-Din was among the detainees.

Thursday's "Rallies for Justice" took place in more than 17 regions and towns.

In Khartoum, thousands chanted: "Down, that's it", “freedom, peace, justice” in protests that erupted four months ago. Demonstrators released balloons tied with photographs of detainees and people killed during the rallies, witnesses said.

Moreover, the presidency cut the maximum jail term for violating the country's state of emergency from 10 years to six months.

Bashir also banned the hoarding of the Sudanese pound and speculation on the currency.

Under the new rules, individuals are not allowed to store more than 1 million pounds (USD21,000) outside the banking system. Entities are banned from storing more than 5 million pounds and are not allowed to store amounts that are not commensurate with the scale of their activity.

Bashir’s order, made in an emergency decree, also banned the counterfeiting of any currencies, as well as the possession, transportation or storage of such currencies and any tools used to produce them.

These decisions come in the wake of the liquidity crisis facing the country and banks’ failure to meet clients’ demand for currencies.

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