Sudan – Demonstrations against the military who seized power in a coup this week continued on the streets of Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, on Friday. As heavily armed Sudanese security cars drove around the streets, protesters threw stones and burned tires across the highways.
According to the Sudan Doctors’ Committee and activists, at least nine individuals have been killed by security forces’ gunfire since the demonstrations began. According to the United Nations, at least 170 people were injured. On Saturday, pro-democracy movement groups have called for “million-person” marches to put an end to the coup.
Preachers in one crowded mosque in Khartoum urged on followers to join the march on Saturday during Friday prayers. It comes as the Sudanese general who seized control announced that his military will name a technocrat prime minister to rule alongside it within days. Abdel-Fattah Burhan stated in an interview with Russia’s state-run Sputnik news agency published Friday that the new premier will establish a cabinet that will share leadership of the country with the armed forces until the country’s planned elections in July 2023.
Burhan, in a coup condemned by the US and the West, dissolved the transitional government and detained Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, as well as many other government officials and political leaders, on Monday. After weeks of rising tensions between military and civilian officials over the path and pace of Sudan’s democratic transition, the military took control. It has threatened to stymie that process, which has moved in fits and turns since longstanding tyrant Omar al-Bashir was deposed in a popular rebellion two years ago.