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Sudan's president hands over the running of the country's ruling party to his deputy

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has handed over the running the ruling National Congress Party to his deputy and key supporter, Ahmed Haroun. Mr al-Bashir will retain his presidential powers. The move came shortly after protests in several parts of the country, in defiance of a state of emergency and a ban on protests. The protesters, who have been on the streets since December, want him to stand down. Newsday's James Copnall spoke to opposition leader, Mubarak al-Fadil, who until recently was a minister in a unity government. Why does he think Mr al-Bashir took this decision?

Photo: President Omar al-Bashir in the Sudanese capital Khartoum Credit: Ashraf Shazly/ AFP/Getty Images.

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