Thousands of protesters took to the streets this weekend in Khartoum, the Sudanese capital, to call for the dissolution of a joint military-civilian government, urging the military to take control of the country.
Political tensions are rising in the African nation over a power-sharing arrangement between military and civilian groups, which was introduced in 2019 following the coup of its former president, Omar al-Bashir.
Sudan’s fragile transition to democracy was threatened earlier this year by a failed coup attempt in September involving supporters of the ousted former leader.
Pro-military protesters called on the head of the armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s joint military-civilian sovereign council on Saturday to seize control of the country, arguing that current Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok had failed.
“We need a military government, the current government has failed to bring us justice and equality,” a 50-year-old protester told AFP news agency.
Demonstrations this weekend were organized by political parties and rebel groups that were part of the Forces for Declaration of Independence and Change, an umbrella group that has led a rebellion against the former president.
According to the state-run SUNA news agency, protesters were sent from the outskirts of Khartoum and other parts of the country to attend the gathering outside the capital’s Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Their demands are similar to those of Mr Burhan, who said earlier this month that dissolving the government could solve the political crisis.
Earlier this week, Mr Hamdok described ongoing political tensions as “the worst and most dangerous crisis” threatening Sudan’s transition to democracy as he called for talks to resolve the dispute. .
Anti-government protesters led by a tribal body representing six tribes from northeastern Sudan in the country’s east have blocked a major Red Sea port for more than two weeks, disrupting fuel pipelines and major roads .
The blockade has prompted Mr Hamdok’s office to warn that the country is at risk of running out of essential goods, including medicines, fuel and wheat, with a shortage of imported goods having seen bread queues in Khartoum in recent days. Is.
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