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Sudanese pro-military protesters gather for second day in a row
KHARTOUM, Sudan – Hundreds of pro-military Sudanese protesters gather for a second day, exacerbating what Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has called the “worst and most dangerous crisis” of the country’s precarious transition.
Protesters gathered in Khartoum are calling for the dissolution of Sudan’s post-dictatorship interim government, claiming it has “failed” them politically and economically.
“The sit-in continues, we will not leave until the government is sacked,” Ali Askouri, one of the organizers, told AFP.
“We have officially asked the Sovereign Council,” the military-civilian body overseeing the transition, “to no longer interact with this government,” he adds.
The protests come as Sudanese politics are shaken by the divisions between the factions that are leading the difficult transition after three decades of Omar al-Bashir’s iron rule.
Bashir was ousted by the military in April 2019 in the face of mass protests led by the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), a civil alliance that has become a key part of the transition.
The latest protests, undisturbed by the security forces, were organized by a dissident faction of the FFC. Critics allege the protests are led by members of the military and security forces and involve counterrevolutionary sympathizers of the old regime.
The demonstrators converged on the presidential palace where the transitional authorities are based, shouting “One army, one people” and demanding “a military government”.