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Sudan opposition suspends civil disobedience movement, resumes talks with military

Sudan opposition leaders running civil disobedience movement against the military rulers have agreed to suspend the disobedience movement.

An Ethiopian envoy said the protest leaders have agreed to suspend a civil disobedience campaign launched after a bloody crackdown on demonstrators. He said they resumed negotiations with the country’s ruling generals on the formation of a transitional sovereign council.

Speaking to reporters in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, Mahmoud Drir said the Transitional Military Council (TMC) had also agreed to release political prisoners as a goodwill gesture, without giving details.

“The Freedom and Change alliance agreed to end the civil disobedience (campaign) from today,” said Drir, who has been mediating since a visit by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed last week.

“Both sides have also agreed to resume talks soon” on a handover of power to a civilian administration, he added.

The protest movement itself said in a statement that it was calling on people “to resume work from Wednesday” until further notice, though it encouraged people to remain mobilised for possible further action.

There was no immediate comment by the TMC.