Sudan's President, Omar Al-Bashir, ridiculed the Sudanese opposition parties after announcing their participation in the protests that have been taking place in the country since the 19th of last month, which resulted in the death of 19 demonstrators.
In a speech to workers and pensioners during the country's 63rd independence anniversary in Khartoum, the Sudanese president criticised calls made by some oppositionists to "jump from Al-Bashir's boat before it sinks."
"This is not the first time that they have jumped out of the boat. The more the crisis intensifies, the faster they jump out of the ship, and when the storm calms down, they return. However, this time whoever jumps will not get the chance to come back again," Al-Bashir stated.
He stressed that Sudan had been subjected to a foreign conspiracy since 1955, in addition to an ongoing war and economic siege for more than 20 years.
The Sudanese president pointed out that Sudan is going through a crisis similar to what has happened in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Libya, as well as Egypt and Tunisia.
He added: "Despite the siege and the aggression, we are working to overcome these challenges and seek solutions to this ongoing calamity," insisting that he will deal with such crisis with resolution and firmness.
He continued: "We are exploiting Sudan's natural resources for the citizens' greater good."
Sudan witnessed mass protests in response to high prices and deteriorating economic and social conditions.