Thousands of Islamists protest in opposition to the UN mission in Sudan

Thousands of Islamists in Sudan rallied on Saturday in opposition to UN efforts to resolve the political disaster sparked by final yr’s coup, AFP journalists mentioned.

The demonstrations, the newest by Islamist factions in latest weeks, got here a day after army leaders and a central civilian bloc introduced plans to signal an preliminary settlement.

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Political turmoil has gripped Sudan since military chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led a army takeover in October 2021, derailing a fragile transition to civilian rule put in after the 2019 ouster of longtime Islamist autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

Virtually weekly anti-coup protests, a spiraling financial disaster and a rise in ethnic clashes in Sudan’s distant areas have since fueled deeper unrest.

“Don’t interfere in Sudanese affairs,” chanted protesters outdoors the headquarters of the UN mission in Khartoum.

Others referred to as on UN Particular Consultant Volker Perthes to “get out” of Sudan.

“We are against this deal,” mentioned protester Ahmed Omar.

Protester Mohamed Hasabo additionally criticized the upcoming deal as a “double deal” that excludes others.

On Friday, army leaders met with the Forces for Freedom and Change, the primary civilian bloc ousted within the 2021 coup.

The JRC mentioned it was discussing a possible “political framework agreement” that may “lay the foundations for the establishment of the civilian transitional authority”.

Sudan’s Sovereign Council, headed by Burhan, confirmed the plan.

Friday’s talks have been held within the presence of officers from the African Union, the United Nations and the regional IGAD bloc, in addition to Western diplomats, the FRC and the Sovereign Council mentioned.

Divisions between civil teams in Sudan have deepened for the reason that coup, with some calling for a cope with the army, whereas others insisting on “no partnership, no negotiation”.

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