Sudan al-Bashir's challenge in the face of weeks of unrest –


CAIRO – Sudan's long-time sovereign is rebellious against more than three weeks of protests demanding his resignation.

President Omar al-Bashir repeated a demonstration in western Sudan on Monday that a change of leadership can only take place through elections.

His party in the People's Congress has decided to run for another term in office next year

On Monday, police arrested at least 18 journalists, most of them from the independent daily newspaper of Khartoum al-Jareeda. The arrests were made when the journalists gathered outside the newspaper offices before going to the headquarters of the national security organization to protest against state censorship.

The street protests erupted on December 19, initially triggered by price increases and shortages, but soon they moved to seek the expulsion of al-Bashir. At least 40 were killed in the clashes.

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