Sudanese threaten general strike in standoff with military

 

May 01, 2019

 

  • The two sides have been negotiating the formation of a new transitional government but are divided over the role of the military
  • The African Union called on the Sudanese military council to hand power to civilian-led council during the next 60 days in a statement

A Sudanese protester waves a national flag near a makeshift barricade during a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital Khartoum on April 30, 2019. (AFP)

 

By AP, REUTERS

 

KHARTOUM – The organizers of Sudan’s protests have threatened a general strike and civil disobedience as tensions escalate with the military council that assumed power after the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir.

The Sudanese Professionals Association and its allies, which organized the four months of demonstrations that drove al-Bashir from power on April 11, on Tuesday accused the generals of clinging to power.

The two sides have been negotiating the formation of a new transitional government but are divided over the role of the military, which is dominated by al-Bashir appointees.

The African Union called on the Sudanese military council to hand power to civilian-led council during the next 60 days in a statement.

The organizers have called for mass rallies on Thursday, while the military has warned against any further “chaos.” The generals have demanded the protesters clear roadblocks around their sit-in outside the military’s headquarters in the capital, Khartoum.

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