Sudanese medical personnel rally in front of a hospital in Khartoum on May 23 in support of protests over the route to democratic rule since the ouster of longtime strongman Omar al-Bashir. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

Sudanese Opposition Groups Plan General Strike

Opposition groups in Sudan, including grassroots protesters whose ongoing street demonstrations helped lead to the ouster of longtime president Omar al-Bashir in early April, have called for two days of general strikes starting on Tuesday. The call, made last Friday, is an attempt to force the generals in charge of the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to set firm dates for handing the country over to democratic rule. It was the military, fully understanding the strong anti-Bashir sentiment in the streets, that ousted the president, yet differences have arisen between the TMC and the protesters about the next steps, ranging from the composition of the council to the length of the transition period. The latest compromise was for a three-year period. The protesters have maintained a sit-in outside military headquarters and other public spaces in Khartoum, and occasional clashes with security forces have led to deaths and injuries on both sides.

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