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Two more opposition leaders held in Sudan capital

November 7 - 2016 KHARTOUM
Activists of the Sudanese Congress Party stage a protest in Khartoum, 10 August 2015 (file photo)
Activists of the Sudanese Congress Party stage a protest in Khartoum, 10 August 2015 (file photo)

Sudanese security agents detained two prominent opposition party members in Khartoum on Saturday.

The Sudanese Congress Party (SCP) reported in a press statement on Sunday that Abdallah Shamselkon Adam, the party’s deputy public relations officer in the Sudanese capital, was detained in El Riyadh district.

Seven members of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) wearing civilian clothes and riding in two vehicles held Adam, and took him to an unknown destination.

The chairman of the party, Omar El Digeir, said that the detention of Adam, and of Khaled Omar Yousef, SCP deputy head of the party, last week will not deter the party from continuing their public campaigns for the sake of democracy.

Late on Saturday evening, NISS officers held Muhyeldin El Jalad, member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party inside his home in the El Haj Yousef district in Khartoum North.

Last week, Masood Mohamed Hassan, the Political Secretary of the Communist Party was detained as well.

The Sudanese security forces are on high alert since the beginning of this month after the Central Bank of Sudan decided to free the exchange rate of the US Dollar for the import of medicines, remittances of expatriates, and flights of foreign companies.

Economic analyst Kamal Karrar told Radio Dabanga that the decisions would definitely lead to a rise in prices of imported goods, and an acute worsening of the economic crisis.

The Pharmacists Association predicted that the measure would lead to an increase in the price of medicines by 100 per cent.

On Thursday evening, the Minister of he country’s ruling party decided to liberalise the prices of fuel and increase the electricity tariff per direct. Opposition parties as well as government parties condemned the new measures.

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