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Businesses remain shut on day three of Sudan strike

Businesses remain shut on day three of Sudan strike”

On Monday most shops in the capital were closed on what was the second day of a nationwide campaign of civil disobedience called by the opposition.

The timid return to normalcy came as the ruling military council announced that security forces on the streets would be boosted after four people were killed in clashes on Sunday - the first day of the campaign - two in Khartoum and two in the capital´s twin city of Omdurman, just across the Nile river.

Also on Monday, Deputy U.N. spokeswoman Eri Kaneko told reporters in NY that the military council had decreed to the African Union-U.N. peacekeeping mission in Darfur to hand over its premises to Sudan's Rapid Support Forces (RSF) as part of the mission's withdrawal in 2020.

"We can not do anything. I hope it does not continue like this", Omar said.

The DFCF alliance has tried to sustain the protest movement through a civil disobedience campaign that largely shut down Khartoum on Sunday.

Abiy visited Khartoum on a mediation mission in which he proposed a 15-member transitional council consisting of eight civilians and seven army officers to lead the country to democracy.

Protest leaders vowed to name a new ruling body to replace the generals.

The AFC said the disobedience campaign "clearly shows that the Sudanese people are rejecting the military council and its militias and they have lost their legitimacy".

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"The Alliance for Freedom and Change (AFC) will reveal its sovereign council and a prime minister in an announcement to be made at a suitable time", the Sudanese Professionals Association, a key member of the umbrella protest movement, said late on Monday.

The top United States diplomat to Africa is heading to Sudan in an attempt to negotiate between the ruling generals and protest leaders and to call for an end to violence and intimidation by paramilitaries loyal to the junta.

Arman, deputy head of the SPLM, Malik Agar's faction, was arrested after he arrived in Khartoum on 26 May to participate in negotiations with the TMC, which had deposed then-President Omar Al-Bashir on 11 April, after months of protests.

Nagy will also travel to Ethiopia to meet with government officials and African Union (AU) representatives to "discuss the situation in Sudan and efforts to support a political solution".

The state department said Mr Nagy would "urge parties to work towards creating an enabling environment" for talks between the two sides to resume.

Tensions have soared in Sudan since security forces violently broke up a protest camp in central Khartoum a week ago, killing dozens of protesters.

"We are appealing to those who blocked the roads to open them for all the sick people. since many people lost their lives because they can not reach the hospital", senior health ministry official Mohamed Altom told reporters during a tour organised by the ministry.

Cyber security monitor Netblocks said "an nearly total blackout" started around noon local time.



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