CAIRO – Ben Helli also expressed optimism that the "popular movement will ultimately work to Sudan's benefit."
CAIRO – Ben Helli also expressed optimism that the “popular movement will ultimately work to Sudan’s benefit.”
Arab League deputy chief Ahmed Ben Helli has described ongoing anti-austerity protests in Sudan as “part of Arab popular change.”
“The ongoing protests there [in Sudan] represent a positive movement, as long as they remain peaceful,” Ben Helli told reporters on Wednesday.
On Sunday, Khartoum lifted state subsidies on fuel and several other vital commodities as part of a controversial economic reform program. The government also raised taxes on a number of consumer goods.
The move sent the prices of hydrocarbons and consumer commodities skyrocketing, instantly triggering mass protests.
While activists say more than 100 people have been killed so far in protest-related violence, Sudanese authorities put the toll at 34, including several policemen.
Ben Helli voiced hope that the Sudanese government would respond to protesters’ demands.
The Arab League, he added, was closely following the situation in Sudan and remained in constant contact with the Sudanese government.
Ben Helli also expressed optimism that the “popular movement will ultimately work to Sudan’s benefit.”
However, he went on to warn against “turning this movement to violence.”