Governments and heads of state should be changed through the ballot box and “not through Facebook”, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said Thursday.
Al-Bashir made the remarks amid expectations of fresh demonstrations in several parts of the country against his regime.
Addressing supporters in Sudan’s eastern Kassala State, al-Bashir said: "Elections -- not WhatsApp and Facebook -- should be the only means of changing presidents and governments."
His comments were likely aimed at Sudanese activists and opposition parties who have been using social-media platforms to rally popular support against al-Bashir and his ruling National Congress Party.
Sudan has been rocked by popular protests since mid-December, with demonstrators decrying the government’s apparent failure to remedy the country’s chronic economic woes.
Earlier this month, al-Bashir -- in power since 1989 -- pledged to carry out urgent economic reforms amid continued calls by the opposition to protest.
A nation of 40 million, Sudan has struggled to recover from the loss of some three quarters of its oil output -- its main source of foreign currency -- since the secession of South Sudan in 2011.
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