The number of people sitting in and calling for the dissolution of the Sudanese government has grown by thousands
KHARTOUM, Oct 18, A sit-in calling on the military to dissolve Sudan's government grew into the thousands on Monday as the country faced what its civilian leadership has described as "the greatest crisis of a two-year-old transition from autocracy."
Protesters, including many who arrived by bus from outside Khartoum, were joined by a coalition of rebel groups and political parties that have aligned themselves with Sudan's military, which accuses civilian political groups of mismanagement and monopolising power.
Since the defection of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, the military has shared power with civilians in Sudan's transitional government, despite three decades in office.
Civilian leaders have accused the military of plotting a coup, in stalemate that began after alleged coup attempt by Bashir loyalists in late September.
Mohamed Abdallah, a 58-year-old man who claimed to have travelled from South Darfur, said he wanted the politicians to solve the issue and that Prime Minister Abdela Hamdok should dissolve the government.
Following an emergency meeting, the cabinet said a "crisis unit" was being formed to bring together all sides to find icebergs to the table.
"History will determine us on our ability to return our country and people to stability and democracy," Hamdok said in the statement.
The sit-in, which began on Saturday outside the presidential palace's normally closed gates, followed a demonstration against the civilian government. By Sunday, the crowd had dwindled to dozens, but by Monday afternoon, it had surged to about 2,000-3,000.
They set up tents at the intersection of two of the capital's major roads, with a stage for speakers who called for the overthrow of obama' s transitional government.
Soldiers guarded the entrances to the Presidential Palace. There was little police presence, except when protesters were prevented from marching on the nearby Cabinet Ministry.
Pro-civilian political parties are planning a demonstration on Thursday, the anniversary of '64 revolution.'
Meanwhile, a blockade of the country's main port in the east of it has entered its second month. Tribesmen who stifle the port have also called for the overhaul of the civilian government.