Thousands of protesters took to the streets of the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, over the weekend to call for the dissolution of the joint military-civilian government, urging the military to take control of the country.
Political tensions have intensified in the African nation over the power-sharing agreement between military and civilian groups, which was introduced following the toppling of its former president Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
Sudan’s fragile transition to democracy was threatened earlier this year by a failed coup attempt in September that was linked to supporters of the ousted former leader.
Pro-military protesters on Saturday called on the head of the armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, Sudan’s Joint Military-Civilian Sovereign Council, to take control of the country, arguing that current Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok had failed.
“We need a military government, the current government has failed to bring us justice and equality,” a 50-year-old protester told AFP news agency.
The weekend’s protests were organized by political parties and rebel groups that were part of the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, a coordination group that led the uprising against the former president.
Protesters were reportedly transported by bus from the outskirts of Khartoum and elsewhere in the country to attend the rally in front of the presidential palace in the capital, according to the official SUNA news agency.
Their demands echo those of Mr Burhan, who said earlier this month that dissolving the government could resolve the political crisis.
Earlier this week, Hamdok described ongoing political tensions as “the worst and most dangerous crisis” threatening Sudan’s transition to democracy as he called for negotiations to settle the dispute.
Anti-government protesters, led by a tribal body representing six tribes in northeastern Sudan, in the east of the country, blocked a major Red Sea port for more than two weeks, disrupting pipelines and main roads.
The blockade prompted Hamdok’s office to warn that the country was at risk of running out of essentials, including medicine, fuel and wheat, with shortages of imported goods causing queues of bread to appear. Khartoum in recent days.
Additional reports by AP