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Hundreds of thousands protesters demand civilian rule in Sudan

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Hundreds of thousands protesters demand civilian rule in Sudan

Hundreds of thousands protesters demand civilian rule in Sudan

Hundreds of thousands of Sudanese protesters on Thursday poured into the streets of the capital, Khartoum, to pressurize the transitional military council to set up a civilian government.

The demonstrators were supporting a sit-in at the army headquarters in response to a call for a “million march” by opposition groups, according to a dpa reporter on the scene.

“I think the military council is trying to buy time … but its tactics are completely incorrect. We will not move from here until a civilian government is formed,” one protester, 30-year-old Tilal Awad, told dpa.

The call for renewed protests comes days after the transitional military council and opposition groups were unable to agree on the structure and tasks of a joint council they formed in late April to solve their disagreements following the ousting of long-time president Omar al-Bashir.

Thousands of Sudanese protesters demanding that the military hand over power to civilian rule have been staging a sit-in at the army headquarters in Khartoum since earlier this year.

Anti-government demonstrations began late last year with the call for al-Bashir to go. The protesters got their wish on April 11, when the military deposed and arrested him.

But participants say the new military rulers are a continuation of al-Bashir’s former regime and have clamoured for more concessions. 

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