Source: United States House of Representatives – Congresswoman Karen Bass (37th District of California)
April 11, 2019
WASHINGTON – Today, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, issued the following statement responding to news that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years, has stepped down in response to massive nationwide protests.
“The news of President Omar al-Bashir’s resignation after months of protests demonstrates that governments must be responsive to their citizens’ demands for inclusive governance, respect of human rights and the basic right of their citizens to peacefully express their civil liberties. I support the Sudanese people’s consistent and peaceful demands for a citizen-led transition to democracy. The Sudanese authorities must now respond and deliver a credible plan for this political transition. I call on all parties to refrain from violence and I hope to see the country rapidly return to civilian rule.”