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Sudan's Umma Party Rejects Strike Call

Sudan's Umma Party Rejects Strike Call

Sunday, 26 May, 2019 - 17:15
Sudanese protesters in the capital Khartoum. Reuters photo
Asharq Al-Awsat
A leading Sudanese opposition party refused on Sunday a call by protest leaders for a two-day general strike, in a sign of divisions within the movement that is challenging military rule in Sudan.

The opposition Umma Party, which is led by Sadiq al-Mahdi, said it rejects the "preparations and timing" of the strike.

The party is a member of the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, an umbrella group representing protesters and opposition parties in the negotiations with the ruling military council.

The FDFC said the nationwide strike would begin Tuesday. Protest leaders are hoping to force the military, which ousted President Omar al-Bashir from power in April, to transfer power to a civilian-led authority.

Despite ending al-Bashir's 30-year rule, protesters have remained in the streets demanding a "limited military representation" in a sovereign council.

Meanwhile the military wants to lead the body during an agreed-upon three-year transition.

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