Thousands of protesters demand coup in Sudan

Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets in the Sudanese capital Khartoum. They demand that the army in the country take over power.

In the country since a coup attempt in September, political divisions have been prevailing in the transitional government made up of civilians and military personnel. These have been in power since dictator Omar al-Bashir was deposed by the army in 2019. Army leaders demand changes and want a number of heads of government to be replaced. Critics see that as an armys attempt to take over power fully.

Worst and most dangerous crisis

Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok presented a plan for the crisis on Friday, which he called the โ€œworst and most dangerousโ€ since the beginning of the transitional government. The Prime Minister calls on disagreement groups to cooperate and respect the countrys temporary constitution and judicial authorities.

Contrary to previous protests, the protesters were able to reach the presidential palace this time. On the street there were skirmishes between supporters of the military and supporters of the current government.

The proponents have also announced a demonstration. They want to hit the streets on Thursday. Government support is declining as the government has, among other things, reduced fuel subsidies and inflation in the country has risen sharply.

Coup Attempts

The country has faced multiple coup attempts since the takeover of power. At the end of September, the army reported that military had prevented a coup of a group of soldiers supporting Bashir. According to Prime Minister Hamdok, Bashir supporters wanted to stop the โ€œdemocratic transitionโ€ in the country.

There was also a coup attempt last year. Then men from the countrys former secret service tried to take over power.