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Al-Bashir orders release of political prisoners

 Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has ordered the immediate release of all political prisoners as part of national dialogue efforts.

The report, which was carried Tuesday by the country’s news agency, SUNA, did not say how many individuals would be released. It however said the move came in the spirit of “reconciliation, national harmony and peace.”

SUNA said the release “opens the door to participation of all political forces” to discuss the country’s issues.

Opposition figures in Sudan are regularly detained, and parties who oppose al-Bashir face numerous state obstacles, according to the Associated Press.

Sudan is grappling with a currency crisis and hyperinflation that has stoked discontent, although public demonstrations are effectively banned and regularly quashed by security forces.

In January, protests broke out in the capital Khartoum and other parts of the country after the government slashed subsidies and devalued the local currency.

Hundreds of people were detained in those and subsequent protests, though some were later released.

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