Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir confirmed on Thursday that the country is being targeted by an economic war since 21 years of imposed sanctions, warning that “protests do not mean vandalism, burning and destruction.”
He said in a news conference in Khartoum that Sudan refused to “sell its independence and dignity in exchange for dollars,” noting that “getting out of the current crisis will not happen in an overnight, but we know the way.”
Bashir who took power in 1989, criticized his country’s inclusion in the terrorist lists without justification, adding that the country had “lost a lot of its resources” and was still “targeted” by many forces.
He said that many of the service projects had been carried recently.
Bashir stressed that the Sudanese people “deserve a decent life,” explaining that the current wages are not satisfactory, and that this month will witness the start of the implementation of a program to raise wages to the minimum required level.
The Sudanese president also announced his government’s commitment to raise pensions for Sudanese who sacrificed their lives for their country.
He stressed that plans to “build more housing” for different social classes are underway, saying: “We continue to pay attention to workers’ needs and to know their problems in order to resolve them.”
The Sudanese president also spoke about his humble starts and struggle when he was a simple worker, saying: “I was a simple worker at the beginning of my life and during school holidays.” Adding that he doesn’t want anyone to go through the suffering he went through during his life.
Bashir ended his conference with a tribute to the Sudanese working women, praising the accomplishments they achieved.
Sudan has been rocked by near-daily demonstrations over the past two weeks. Protesters have set alight ruling party buildings and have called on President Bashir to step down.