Political instability escalates in Sudan

Monday, 2019-06-10 12:46:16
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A Sudanese protester holds a national flag as he stands on a barricade along a street, demanding that the country's Transitional Military Council hand over power to civilians, in Khartoum, Sudan June 5, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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NDO – The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), the main protest group who launched protests against Omar Hassan al-Bashir’s dictatorial regime in the country, on June 8 called for a "civil disobedience" campaign nationwide, according to Reuters.

The call came just days after a bloody crackdown on protesters gathering in front of the Defence Ministry headquarters in the capital of Khartoum, killing at least 100 people. The SPA said the campaign began on June 9 and will last until the Transitional Military Council (TMC) accepted a transfer of power to a civilian government.

* Earlier, on June 7, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed visited Khartoum to find a way to resume talks between TMC and the opposition about the transition process. The Sudanese opposition coalition said it would accept the Ethiopian PM as a mediator under certain conditions. Accordingly, the opposition requested TMC to be held accountable for the use of excessive violence in the dissolution of protesters, while conducting an international investigation of the above-mentioned incident and releasing demonstrators.

* On June 8, the African Union (AU) urged external influences to stop intervening in Sudan because the country is facing a serious situation where political instabilities are increasing. Chairman of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, issued an emergency call in a statement on the same day, stressing the need to seek Sudanese-led solutions to the ongoing political crisis in the country.

The statement called for "Sudanese parties to undertake all the necessary political and security measures required to pave the way for a rapid resumption of negotiations to achieve a consensual agreement for transition towards a civilian-led rule."