Sudanese protesters demand dissolution of transitional government

2021-10-18 17:21:48
Sudanese protesters demand dissolution of transitional government

Protesters in Sudan have rallied near the presidential palace in the in the North African nation’s capital for a second consecutive day, demanding the dissolution of the transitional government.

Pro-military demonstrators in Khartoum on Sunday carried banners calling for the dismissal of the government, while others chanted that the transitional administration had “failed” politically and economically.

“The sit-in continues, we will not leave until the government is dismissed,” Ali Askouri, one of the organizers, was quoted as saying.

Protesters also converged on Saturday on the presidential palace where the transitional authorities are based. They called for General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the armed forces and Sudan's joint military-civilian Sovereign Council, to instigate a coup and seize control of the country.

The African country is currently ruled by the transitional government that was installed in the aftermath of the ouster of president Omar al-Bashir in a palace coup two years ago.

The demonstrations have been organized by a splinter faction of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), a civilian alliance that became a key plank of the transition. Critics allege that these protests are being driven by members of the military and security forces, and involve counter-revolutionary sympathizers with the former regime.

The mainstream faction of the FFC said the crisis "is engineered by some parties to overthrow the revolutionary forces... paving the way for the return of remnants of the previous regime".

Poverty stricken Sudan has been embroiled in a political crisis, driven mostly by deteriorating economic woes.

The government, which over the past months has witnessed nationwide protests, says it will fix the economy battered by decades of corruption, internal conflicts, and international sanctions.

But domestic support for the transitional government has waned in recent months amid a tough package of IMF-backed economic reforms, including the slashing of fuel subsidies and a managed float of the Sudanese pound.

Last year, under pressure from the US, Sudan joined the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain in agreeing to normalize ties with Israel.Tel Aviv has been especially thankful to the United States for pushing the UAE, Bahrain, Morocco, and Sudan, to normalize ties.

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