Sudan – Hundreds of Sudanese demonstrated in Khartoum on Saturday, calling for the overthrow of the government that is supposed to lead the country into its first elections after 30 years of dictatorship, accusing it of having “failed” to lift them out of political and economic stagnation, according to AFP reporters on the ground.
Yahya Mohieddine, who traveled from his home province in the north to demonstrate in front of the presidential palace in the capital, where the transitional authorities are based, held up a sign calling for “the dismissal of the government,” which has been led by the technocrat Abdallah Hamdok since the ouster of Omar al-Bashir in March of this year. “We require a government that incorporates all revolutionary forces,” he promises AFP, despite the fact that the sacrosanct union of citizens and military that characterized the “revolution” of 2019 has come to an abrupt halt.
In a statement issued on Friday evening, nearly a month after a failed coup attempt, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok decried “deep differences” not only between civilians and the military, but also within these two institutions. The president also declared that the transition was going through its “most severe” crisis yet, claiming that the route to democracy was in risk of being obstructed. Two former rebel leaders, including Hamdok’s finance minister, led a seditious group of the Forces for Freedom and Change (FLC), the civilian coalition of the “revolution,” in a call for demonstrations against the government on Saturday. The FLC is the civilian coalition of the “revolution.”
Outside the presidential palace, Abboud Ahmed, a self-described “poor” farmer, said why he believes the country needs a military government: “The existing cabinet has failed, and only the army can offer us justice and equality.” Pick-up trucks are dropping off new waves of protestors, some of whom are yelling “One army, one people,” all around him, while security personnel have been blocking many of the capital’s main routes since the early hours of the morning, according to witnesses. In his country, one of the poorest in the world, he lamented, “There is no stability and life has become too expensive.” His country is caught between high inflation and austerity measures imposed by the International Monetary Fund.”There is no stability and life has become too expensive,” the 50-year-old man said (IMF). According to their opponents, the marchers on Saturday are supporters of the prior dictatorship that was overthrown. Advocates for complete civilian control have already called for a “demonstration of one million people” on Thursday, according to the Associated Press.
The new authorities, who are made up of military and civilian members, are supposed to guide the country toward elections, but they keep pushing out the timetable, which is currently set for 2023, farther and further. A coup attempt shocked Sudan’s leadership less than a month ago, prompting the country’s prime minister to outline a number of actions for the country’s transition to democracy the following day.
In a speech, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok referred to the coup attempt as a “alarm bell” that should cause people to pay attention to the core causes of the country’s political and economic problems, according to the BBC. A gang of troops attempted a coup on September 22, and the authorities claimed that the attempt had been unsuccessful. They claimed that supporters of the country’s previous ruler, Omar al-Bashir, were behind the plot to overthrow the government.