Al-Neelain State University in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, announced, on Tuesday, the suspension of studies for an indefinite period.
Thus, “Al-Neelain” will be the fifth public university to take the same measure for reasons of preserving the safety of students and protesting the decisions of Army Commander Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan.
And last October 25, Al-Burhan declared a state of emergency in the country, dissolving the Sovereignty Councils and the transitional ministers, releasing the governors, and arresting party leaders, ministers and officials, in return for continuous rejectionist protests and repeated calls for civil disobedience and international criticism calling for the return of the transitional government.
A statement issued by the university stated that the director of Al-Neelain University, Mohamed Al-Amin Ahmed, “issued a decision to suspend studies at the university for an indefinite period, based on the recommendation of the emergency deans’ council, in protest against the coup carried out by the military part.”
Al-Amin called for “the immediate release of all detainees, the restoration of constitutional order before October 25, and the lifting of the state of emergency.”
Meanwhile, Al-Burhan affirms more than once that he took measures to protect the democratic transition in the country, denying the occurrence of a “coup” in the country, but rather a “correction of course.”
And on Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays, and Tuesdays, respectively, the councils of the deans of the universities of “Khartoum”, “Red Sea”, “Al-Jazeera” and Sudan for Science and Technology (governments) decided to suspend studies indefinitely, for reasons including refusal of security measures and maintaining the safety of students and the conditions in the country.
There are 31 public universities spread over 31 states in Sudan, according to The Eastern Herald correspondent.
Before the announcement of the army’s decisions, Sudan had been living since August 21, 2019, a 53-month transitional period that ends with holding elections in early 2024, during which power is shared by the army, civilian forces and armed movements that signed a peace agreement with the government in 2020.