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Sudan: Protesters relentless as they push for political reforms

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Sudanese protesters are relentless in their demand for a total overhaul of the current political regime in Sudan.

On Monday hundreds camped outside the army headquarters as they demanded a civilian regime. They want a total collapse of a regime largely controlled by the military.

Former President Omar al-Bashir was removed from power last week and detained by the military. It followed weeks of protests from citizens calling for his exit.

But that was not enough for the protesters who want a complete change of governance in the country.

The military promised to ensure that a proper transition takes place over the next two years.

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Protesters however doubt the military and appeared bent on pushing through with reforms immediately.

Local media reported that an attempt to disperse the protesters on Monday failed when they joined hands forcing troops to step back from a confrontation.

Protesters for weeks demonstrated over what first started as the worsening economic conditions in the country. But that extended to ending the military regime led by Mr. Bashir.

Democracy over military rule

A recent survey by Afrobarometer showed that “More than six in 10 Sudanese (62%) prefer democracy over any other political system, compared to one in six (17%) who believe that sometimes a non-democratic government can be preferable.”

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The survey conducted months before the protests emerged also revealed that “More than three-fourths (78%) of Sudanese say elections are the best way to choose the country’s leaders.”

Sudan’s military on Friday said that it was not clamouring for power.  “We are the protectors of the demands of the people,” the head of the military council’s political committee, General Omar Zain al-Abideen said.

Hundreds have been killed in weeks of protests, while several others sustained injuries in clashes with police.

 

 

Source: Africafeeds.com

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