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Sudan security detains two politicians for hours

January 16 - 2018 KHARTOUM
New protests in the streets of Khartoum on 16 January (RD)
New protests in the streets of Khartoum on 16 January (RD)

The National Intelligence and Security Service detained two politicians, reportedly for their opposition to the national budget which has caused prices of basic goods in Sudan to overturn, and sparked protests throughout the country.

The NISS detained Essam Khidr, the deputy secretary-general of the Republican Party, and Prof Haider El Safi, the political secretary of the party, to the security service's headquarters at Shendi station in Khartoum.

'There was a large number of politicians held at the NISS headquarters.' - Republican Party detainees

Leading party member Asmaa Khadr Mahmoud Mohamed Taha reported that both Khidr and El Safi were held in detention between Monday morning and afternoon. “They were released at about 4pm that day.”

She said that according to their observations in the NISS headquarters, there was a large number of political party members and activists who were held there in detention.

Mohamed Taha added that their detention is most likely related to their position against the new annual budget, of which the results has started to affect people in Sudan.


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