Sudan: ‘million-strong march’ demands civilian rule

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Thousands of protesters are marching through the streets of Khartoum calling for the end of military rule following the end of Omar al-Bashir’s regime.

People travelled from across Sudan to participate in the “million-strong march” to demand the country’s military council surrenders power to a civilian transitional government. The council seized power from former president Bashir following months of protests calling for him to resign but the protest movement insists it won’t end until civilian rule has been implemented.

Thousands march for civilian rule

While Sudan’s military insists it will hand power over to a civilian government, protesters accuse the army of stalling in an attempt to maintain power. Some accuse the council of wasting time in hope that demonstrators will simply get bored, give up and go home – but protesters continue to show their resolve, almost five months after the first protests began.

What started as demonstrations over food prices escalated into anti-government demonstrations calling for Omar al-Bashir to step down. Now, the protests have shifted emphasis once again, this time demanding the military council which ousted Bashir relinquishes power and allows a civilian transitional government to guide Sudan into the next stage of its political journey.

A large section of protesters say they won’t rest until those accused of human rights violations under the rule of Bashir are held accountable. Several key figures have been fired from the military council since Bashir was ousted but several figures that could come under scrutiny over their role under the former leader remain in their positions.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.