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Sudan to release all prisoners

The authorities in Sudan have ordered the release of all people who have been detained during protests which began in December.

The Ministry of Information says the order to release them came from the country’s intelligence and security chief.

Rights groups say more than 1,000 protesters including opposition leaders, activists and journalists were arrested on the streets during the almost daily demonstrations, which have been calling for President Omar al-Bashir to step down.

Correspondents say whilst this appears to be a concession to the protesters it remains to be seen if all will be set free including key activists who are highly critical of the government.

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