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New Sudan president lifts emergency law in most areas, but not Darfur

[JURIST] Following the adoption of a peace treaty [BBC report], the approval of a new constitution [JURIST report], and the installation of a new government [JURIST report], newly-reappointed Sudan President Omar Hassan al-Bashir [Wikipedia profile] has, as anticipated [JURIST report], lifted the country's state of emergency, except in Darfur and a region on the eastern border. The emergency law gave the government broad authority to detain people without charges and crack down on opposition. These powers still remain in place in Darfur, where peace talks are ongoing but not near agreement. Reuters has more.

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