Hundreds of Sudanese protest for a second day to demand military authority

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Khartoum – AFP
Hundreds of Sudanese still camped out Sunday for the second day in a row in Khartoum to demand that the military take over power alone in the country, which further complicates the political crisis described by Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok as “the worst and most dangerous” since the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir.
Ali Askouri, a spokesman for the protesters and defectors from the “Freedom and Change” coalition that led the protests against Al-Bashir, said, “The sit-in continues and will not be lifted unless the government is dissolved, and by that we mean the dismissal of ministers without the prime minister.”
He added: “We asked the Sovereignty Council in an official letter to stop dealing with them.”
On Saturday, the demonstrators flocked to the Republican Palace, the seat of the transitional authority, chanting: “One army, one people,” and demanding a “military government” to get Sudan out of its political and economic crises.
The demonstrators came out in response to the call of a splinter faction of the Freedom and Change Rally (which includes civilians), which, along with the military, is trying to lead Sudan to the first free elections after thirty years of Bashir’s rule.
Jaafar Hassan, a spokesman for Freedom and Change (the group that calls for the complete transfer of power to civilians), said that “what is happening is part of the coup scenario and blocking the path to democratic transition, and it is an attempt to make a sit-in, and supporters of the former regime participate in that.”
The announcement of the continuation of the sit-in raises fears of tension, as the Freedom and Change Gathering called for a “million demonstration” in Khartoum on Thursday to demand that civilians take full power.
Hassan said that the goal of “this million-strong demonstration is for the world to see the position of the Sudanese people.”
On Friday evening, Hamdok acknowledged, in a speech to the nation, “deep divisions among civilians, and between civilians and the military,” stressing that “the conflict is not between civilians and the military, but rather between the camp of the civilian democratic transition and the camp of the coup against the revolution.”
Hamdok considered that Sudan is going through the “worst and most dangerous crisis” it has faced since the overthrow of Al-Bashir, stressing that it “threatens our entire country and portends great evil.”




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