KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) — A leading Sudanese opposition party said it has refused a call by protest leaders for a two-day general strike, in a sign of divisions within the pro-democracy movement that is challenging military rule in Sudan.
The opposition Umma Party said Sunday it opposes the “preparations and timing” of the strike. However, it said authorities do not have the right to fire those who take part in the planned strike.
The party’s chief Sadek al-Mahdi led the country’s last democratically elected government, which the military autocrat Omar al-Bashir ousted with Islamist support in 1989.
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 removed al-Bashir from power in April, to transfer power to a civilian-led authority.
Shams al-Deen al-Kabashi, a spokesman for the military council, meanwhile said negotiations with the protest leaders are slow. He warned that “lots of choices” are on the table as military and protest leaders argue over the details of a transition plan.
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