Sudan's Bashir softens tone dramatically, says reporters to be released

KHARTOUM - Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir, facing near-daily demonstrations against his government, took a newly conciliatory tone with the protesters on Wednesday, saying they are mostly young with poor prospects, and pledging to release detained journalists.
Bashir's remarks appeared to be part of a new strategy to soften the government's stance toward the protests after the Defence Minister and Prime Minister made similar remarks in recent days.
"Most of the protesters are young and there are factors that drove them to take to the streets, including inflation, which led to higher prices - and the limited job opportunities that don't match the number of graduates," Bashir told journalists invited to the presidential palace for a "discussion of recent events."
The remarks are a dramatic contrast to Bashir's previous demand for the "rats to go back to their holes."
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