Sudanese opposition calls for mass protests against Bashir

June 8, 2013 19:50
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KHARTOUM - Sudan's main opposition movement called on Saturday for mass protests to topple President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, saying regional rebellions and an economic crisis had left the veteran leader weak and unpopular.

Bashir's opponents have failed to capitalize on popular discontent over soaring food prices since South Sudan broke away in 2011, taking most of the country's oil production with it.Uprisings that shook the Arab world that year have largely passed Sudan by, the security forces descending quickly on frequent small street protests by students before they have a chance to spread.

Bashir, who came to power in 1989, still enjoys the support of the army and influential Islamist groups. He crushed challengers to his rule in a 2010 election and dismisses the opposition parties as insignificant.

The National Consensus Forces, an umbrella of the main opposition parties, said they had decided to call for mass protests because the government was fast losing support. They said Bashir could be out of power within three months.

"The regime is very weak... We will begin today and in the next days to prepare popular demonstrations," Farouk Abu Issa, head of the alliance, told reporters. "We expect that the regime will fall in 100 days."

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