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Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir Has Officially Announced a 1-Year State of Emergency

After months of tense anti-government demonstrations, President Omar Al-Bashir called on parliament to postpone the amendment that would allow him to run for another term in 2020.

UPDATE 2/22/2019, 4:00 P.M. EST: Sudan's President Omar Al-Bashir has announced a state of emergency that will last for 1 year in a televised speech Friday, Al Jazeera reports.

As the director of Sudanese Security and Intelligence stated prior to the address, Al-Bashir also called on parliament to "postpone constitutional amendments that would allow him to run for another term in a presidential election in 2020."

"The demands of our people for better living conditions are lawful," he says, addressing the ongoing protests. "I will not stop calling for all parties to sit at the dialogue table." Al-Bashir claims he will "remain on the side of the youth who represent the future of Sudan."

Protests have been ongoing, even during the address:

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Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir is expected to announce a state of emergency, as well as step down, Al Arabiya English reports.

Salah Abdullah, director of Sudanese Security and Intelligence, made the announcement Friday, adding that Al-Bashir will stop the process of amending the constitution—which would have given him room to run for another presidential term—and dissolve both central and state governments. Abdullah says Sudan will continue to crack down on corruption and that Al-Bashir will remain president while the National Congress searches for another president to take his place.

This announcement comes after months of anti-government protests have spread across Sudan since mid-December. Citizens have been protesting against inflation, food shortages and the rising cost of living. They have been demanding for Al-Bashir, who at 75 has been president for 30 years, to step down and make way for "freedom, peace and justice." Hundreds of Sudanese dissidents have been either killed or detained, while journalists were intimidated into silence and restrictions were placed on social media access in an attempt to stop the demonstrations.

READ: How Sudanese Art Is Fueling the Revolution

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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