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    Demonstrators gather in Sudan's capital of Khartoum, Friday, April 12, 2019. The Sudanese protest movement has rejected the military's declaration that it has no ambitions to hold the reins of power for long after ousting the president of 30 years, Omar al-Bashir. The writing on the Sudanese flag says 'With the participation of the Sudanese in Saint Etienne, France.'

    Sudanese Military Asks Protesters to Clear Camp Outside Army HQ - Reports

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    CAIRO (Sputnik) - Sudanese military has asked protesters to leave the area outside of the armed forces' headquarters in Khartoum, where the activists have been staging a sit-in for over a week, Sky News Arabia reported.

    Earlier in the day, the military attempted to remove the barriers surrounding the protesters' camp outside of the headquarters, but was forced to retreat under pressure from the demonstrators, Sky News Arabia reported.

    One of the leaders of the protest movement called on all protesters on Monday to join the rallies in the square outside of the military compound in the Sudanese capital in order to "save the revolution."

    The sit-in was organized on 6 April following months of anti-government protests across Sudan and became the centre of the protest movement.

    READ MORE: Norway, UK, US Call on Sudan Leadership to Ensure Dialogue Involving All Parties

    Despite the fact that the military has toppled long-time President Omar Bashir amid the protests and established a transitional military council, the rallies in the capital continue. The protesters demand a transition of power to a civilian government, fearing that the military may seize power for good.

    The military, in turn, says that the council has been set up for a maximum of two years. After that elections will take place and the power will be handed over to civilian authorities.

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    The protests first began in Sudan in December of 2018. They were initially triggered by the rise in prices for bread and other consumer goods, but then had a new twist as Sudanese citizens called for the resignation of Bashir, who had been in power for nearly 30 years.

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