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Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:22 - Updated Tue, 05 Feb 2019 11:21

Sudan minister appeals to young as protests near seventh week

KHARTOUM - Sudan’s defence minister said on Monday that young people caught up in recent turmoil had “reasonable ambition”, the second apparently conciliatory gesture in three days from a senior government figure.

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Students, activists and other protesters frustrated with economic hardships have held almost daily demonstrations across Sudan since Dec. 19, mounting the most sustained challenge to President Omar al-Bashir’s three decades in power.

Defence Minister Awad Mohamed Ahmed Ibn Auf did not directly address the protesters’ concerns, but said the situation in the country showed a schism between young and old.

That, he added, “requires intergenerational communication and fair solutions to youth problems and realising their reasonable ambition”.Reuters

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