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Sudan takes to the streets, demands civilian-led democratic transition

The people in Sudan, in response to the 16th October protests, took to the streets in extraordinary numbers demanding a civilian-led transition.

AlTaghyeer: Khartoum

Hundreds of thousands in Sudan people took to the streets in protests calling for a democratic civilian transition.

The Sudanese capital, Khartoum, witnessed significantly large numbers of people protesting and chanting against the military’s attempts at stifling the country’s democratic transition.

The protestors, in their chants, unanimously agreed on keeping power out of the military’s hands and placing it in the hands of the civilian half of Sudan’s transitional government.

21 states witnessed mass demonstrations on the 21st of October, among them Nyala, al-Geneina, Atbara, Kassala, Gezira, Dongola, Port Sudan, Gedarif, and many others.

Various Sudanese professionals including doctors, lawyers, engineers, journalists, and university lecturers, were represented in the protests.

Members of the Freedom Forces Coalition, Sudan’s ruling party, were also present in the protests.

In Response

The protests come in response to a sit-in that was held in front of the Republican Palace, under the supervision of military component within the transitional government, on the 16th of October that called for the dissolution of the civilian-led government and the establishment of an entirely military-run government instead.

Many of the protests that took place are expected to transform themselves into sit-ins in order to ensure the removal of the military component from the political scene.

The protestors are also expected to demand the unification of the Rapid Support Forces and the Sudanese Armed Forces, and a complete reform of the state’s regular forces.

The leader of the sovereignty council in Sudan Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and his deputy, Rapid Support Forces leader Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, are spearheading a campaign that the forces of Freedom and Change have described as a plan to have them replaced with a government al-Burhan can control, consisting of the remnants of Omar al-Bashir’s dissolved National Congress regime, and traditional native administrations.

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