Sudan : opposition party groups call on Bashir to step down

Sudan’s main opposition groups have jointly demanded the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir over deteriorating living conditions in the African country, which has been the scene of numerous anti-government rallies over the past two months.  

In their first joint press conference, 17 political parties, trade unions, youth movements and civil society groups threw their weight behind Sudan’s opposition Freedom and Change Coalition, of which the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA) is a leading component.

SPA, an umbrella group of unions representing doctors, teachers, and engineers, has led calls for protests since December 17, when an anti-government campaign erupted over price hikes and shortages of food and fuel.

The demonstrations first erupted in the farming town of Atbara after cash-strapped Khartoum cut a vital subsidy on bread and tripled its prices.

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