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Urgent question as crisis in Sudan intensifies

13 June 2019 (updated on 13 June 2019)

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Sir Henry Bellingham, MP for North West Norfolk and former Foreign Office minister, asked an urgent question on the ongoing crisis in Sudan.

In April of this year, the Sudanese army announced that it had removed President Omar al-Bashir from power following months of protests against him. He had been in power since 1989.

Many of the anti-Bashir protesters have continued to demonstrate against the new military government and talks between pro-democracy groups and the government have stalled. Last week, security forces opened fire on a group of protesters in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.

Responding for the Government, Foreign Minister Harriett Baldwin told the Commons,

"The UK will continue to engage closely with the full spectrum of Sudanese actors, including civil society, both in Khartoum and in London."

Following up on his question, Sir Henry Bellingham noted that the "situation has become quite horrendous".

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