Pro-military protests in Sudan as political crisis deepens
KHARTOUM, October 16 (Reuters) – Thousands of army-lined protesters gathered outside the presidential palace in Khartoum on Saturday, chanting “down with hunger government” as Sudan grapples with world’s biggest crisis policy of his two-year transition.
Power groups in the East African country are divided between military and civilian groups in a difficult alliance since the overthrow of long-time President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
But following a failed coup attempt in September attributed to forces loyal to Bashir, military leaders called for reforms in the so-called Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and civilian government.
Civilian leaders, however, accused them of aiming for a seizure of power.
An army-aligned FFC faction, including armed groups that rebelled against Bashir, called for the protests on Saturday.
Ahead of the protests, members of an unidentified armed group removed security barriers around government buildings and prevented police and security forces from going about their business, Khartoum State Governor Ayman said. Khalid, in a statement.
At the root of the conflict are disputes over questions of justice, military restructuring and the dismantling of the financial apparatus of the Bashir regime, analysts say. Read more
In a speech on Friday, Civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok presented a roadmap to end the crisis and warned that failure to find a solution would put the country’s future “to the wind”. Read more
Pro-civilian groups called for demonstrations on Thursday.
Reporting by Khaild Abdelaziz Writing by Nafisa Eltahir Editing by Mark Potter
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