Khartoum — A state of emergency imposed across Sudan is restricting public freedoms, justice minister Mohamed Ahmed Salim said on Wednesday, as MPs discussed the measure imposed by President Omar al-Bashir to quell anti-government protests. Bashir declared a year-long state of emergency on February 22 after an initial crackdown failed to suppress deadly demonstrations against his iron-fisted rule stretching back three decades. “The imposing of a state of emergency has a negative impact ... because it restricts public freedoms,” Salim told parliament as he tabled the presidential order for MPs’ approval. “We hope that the reasons for which the state of emergency has been imposed end soon.” MPs are to vote on it on March 11. The parliament is expected to approve the state of emergency as Bashir’s ruling National Congress Party has an overwhelming majority in the 428-member assembly. Deadly clashes have rocked Sudan since December 19 when protests erupted after a government decision to...

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