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Protesters across Sudan demand 'civilian rule'

Protesters across Sudan demand 'civilian rule'
Internet services cut off prior to rallies as security forces block roads leading to presidential palace in Khartoum

By Buhram Abdel-Men'em

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA) - Several rallies took place on Thursday in different areas across Sudan, including its capital Khartoum, to demand the restoration of civilian rule.

Rallies took place in several areas in Khartoum, Kasala, and Port Sudan in the country's east, as well as the northern city of Atbara, according to Anadolu Agency's correspondent on the ground.

During the rallies, protesters called for democratic civilian rule and decried a recent political deal between the military and Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Internet services on Thursday were down in the capital and other areas prior to the demonstrations as providers cut mobile services, with only landline connections remaining available.

Neither authorities, nor internet providers have so far commented on the issue.

On Wednesday, security authorities closed multiple bridges and overland routes, installing concrete barriers and barbed wire on roads leading to the presidential palace.

The calls for protest were made by the Sudanese Professionals Association, which rejected the deal signed last month and called for full civilian rule.

Sudan has been in turmoil since Oct. 25 when the Sudanese military dismissed Hamdok's transitional government and declared a state of emergency.

Hamdok, however, was reinstated on Nov. 21 under an agreement with army chief Abdel Fattah Al-Burhan, in a move rejected by Sudanese political and civil forces as an "attempt to legitimize the coup."

On Saturday, thousands of protesters took to the streets in Khartoum and other cities to push for full civilian rule in the north African country.

Before the Oct. 25 military takeover, Sudan was administered by a sovereign council of military and civilian officials overseeing the transition period until elections in 2023 as part of a precarious power-sharing pact between the military and the Forces of Freedom and Change coalition.

* Writing by Ahmed Asmar in Ankara

source: News Feed
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