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Sudan suffers total blackout amidst protests

Yesterday, Sudan’s ministry of electricity and water confirmed a total power blackout across the country but is yet to announce the exact cause of the situation.

Sudan is Africa’s third largest country in terms of geographical area with a population of over 40 million people.

The ministry gave no explanation for the blackout, but said in a statement that engineers and technicians were trying to restore power. It added that more information would be provided later.

The development comes on the second day of a sit-in protest by thousands of citizens, which is being held in close proximity to the presidential palace in Khartoum.

Protesters from across the country have upped their call on embattled President Omar Al-Bashir to leave office after three decades in charge. The protests started in December 2018 and have been ongoing since then.

Total blackout not new to Sudan

This is not the first time that Sudan has experienced a complete shutdown of its power supply network.

In February 2018, the National Electricity Network Control Centre advised that a complete power blackout hit all Sudan’s states, which was the third time in less than two months.

Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl
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