Khartoum — Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Monday acknowledged that the demands of anti-government protesters are “legitimate” but said they had been expressed unlawfully, causing several deaths. Protests have rocked the East African country since December, with demonstrators calling on the veteran leader to step down. They accuse Bashir’s government of mismanaging the country’s economy, leading to soaring food prices and regular shortages of fuel and foreign currency. “The economic crisis has impacted a wide section of our people,” Bashir told MPs in his first speech to parliament since a state of emergency he imposed on February 22 to quell the protests. “Some of them took to the streets to express their legitimate demands, but some of those gatherings used unlawful ways and destroyed properties.” In the initial days of protests that erupted on December 19, several offices and buildings belonging to Bashir’s governing National Congress Party were set on fire during the demons...

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