Sudanese security authorities arrest opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi

18:30, January 18, 2011      

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Sudanese security authorities arrested Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi late Monday, just one day after his Popular Congress Party called for a popular uprising in protest against recent government decisions of increasing prices of some basic commodities, reported Khartoum's Al Ray Al Am daily Tuesday.

The paper quoted al-Turabi's Secretary Awad Babikir as saying that "Security forces arrested al-Turabi late Monday from his home after clashing with one of his assistances who was also arrested."

Al-Turabi has been arrested many times since his defection from the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) in 1999, the last of which was in 2010 when he was arrested for a month and a half after accusing the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of forging the April presidential elections.

Sudanese opposition parties on Sunday threatened to organize popular demonstrations if the government has not relieved its finance minister and resolved the National Assembly (parliament) in the wake of its decisions to increase the prices.

The opposition alliance, which brings together 20 parties, issued a statement in which threatened to come down the streets if the government has not dissolved the parliament and relieved the finance minister.

On Monday al-Turabi was reported to have said that "breaking up of a popular uprising in Sudan like the one of Tunisia is likely," adding that in case the uprising failed, there could be bloodshedding as everybody in Sudan was armed.

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