On Saturday, opponents of Sudan’s democratic transition flocked to the streets of Khartoum to demand that the army seize control of the country.
As the country’s political crisis worsens, tens of thousands of people gathered outside the presidential palace.
Since the overthrow of President Omar al-Bashir in 2019, military and civilian groups have shared authority.
However, tensions have risen since a coup attempt blamed on Mr Bashir’s supporters was stopped in September.
Military authorities have demanded revisions to the Forces of Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition, a civilian alliance that led anti-Bashir protests and was a significant part of the transitional government, since then.
The military has also demanded that the cabinet be replaced.
Pro-military demonstrators yelled “down with the starving government” and urged Sudan’s joint military-civilian Sovereign Council, led by General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, to stage a coup and seize control of the country on Saturday.
One protester informed Newszenith, “We need a military government because the current government has failed to deliver us equality and justice.”
Unlike prior protests in the country, protestors were allowed to approach the presidential palace gates, and police presence was minimal.
In response to Saturday’s protests, pro-government demonstrators have scheduled a gathering for Thursday.
Sudan’s civilian Prime Minister, Abdallah Hamdok, announced a strategy on Friday to address the country’s “biggest and most severe” political crisis in the country’s two-year transition.
“In this conflict, I am neither impartial nor a mediator.
My unwavering commitment to the civilian democratic transition is clear and unwavering “he stated
Mr Hamdok was sworn in as Prime Minister in August 2019, following widespread protests that saw the military intervene and overthrow Omar al-30-year Bashir’s tenure in April.
However, support for the transitional administration has dwindled in recent months as a result of Mr Hamdok’s economic reforms, which have seen fuel subsidies cut and inflation rise.
Civilians, on the other hand, claim that the demands are part of a military power grab.