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Sudan bars opposition leader from travel

Ibrahim al-Sheikh
Leader of the Sudanese Congress Party Ibrahim al-Sheikh

A Sudanese opposition leader said Sunday that he had been barred from travelling abroad and had his passport confiscated by the Khartoum airport authorities.

“I’ve just returned from Khartoum airport after security prevented me from travelling to Dubai,” Ibrahim al-Sheikh, leader of the opposition Congress party, said in a statement.

Al-Sheikh did not reveal the reason given by the authorities to bar his travel or the purpose of his trip to Dubai.

Al-Sheikh was arrested in June after criticizing the conduct of Sudanese intelligence agencies in the war against rebels in Sudan’s western Darfur region, only to be released in September.

Sudan remains plagued by rifts and conflict between the army and various rebel movements – especially in the country’s restive southern and western regions – along with a deteriorating economy.

In September, Sudanese opposition parties – both those operating at home and those based abroad – agreed to enter talks with the government under a single umbrella.

The agreement was signed in Addis Ababa by representatives of Sudan-based opposition parties and the Sudanese Revolutionary Front, an umbrella group of Sudanese parties whose leaders are based overseas.

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