Concern about economic conditions has spurred weeks of sometimes deadly protest
Thomson Reuters · Posted: Feb 13, 2019 3:23 PM ET | Last Updated: 2 hours ago
Opposition parties in Sudan supporting the anti-government protests took part in a press conference with other protest campaigners in Khartoum on Wednesday. (AFP/Getty Images)
Sudan’s main opposition groups on Wednesday issued their first joint call for President Omar al-Bashir to step down, appearing at a news conference together for the first time since protests erupted across the country nearly two months ago.
The opposition had been fragmented across several small but influential political parties, which formed three separate coalitions, and the Sudanese Professionals Association, a union that has led calls for demonstrations which have posed the most significant challenge to Bashir in his nearly 30-year rule.
At their first joint news conference Wednesday, the groups called for the government to step down to pave the way for four-year transitional governance followed by elections.