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Sudan opposition says to nominate members for transitional council

Sudan opposition says to nominate members for transitional council

For months, pro-democracy activists had demonstrated, demanding al-Bashir's ouster, but they wanted him replaced by a civilian government - not a military junta which includes people who were loyal for years to the autocrat.

Sudan Telecom's Sudani internet service was affected by the new disruption, NetBlocks said.

Also on Monday, the Sudanese opposition held the second day of a nationwide civil disobedience campaign, aiming to pressure the country's military to hand power over to a civilian-led interim body.

Protesters have demanded a swift transfer to civilian rule since the military seized control from Bashir and locked him up.

The military council announced that security forces on the streets would be boosted after four people were killed in clashes on Sunday - two in Khartoum and two in Omdurman, just across the Nile river.

The new disruption has downed Sudan Telecom's Sudani service, along with Canar Telecom and Mobiltel Zain.

"The new disruptions represent a near-total blackout of connectivity for the majority of citizens", the group said on Monday.

Internet lines from the country's main provider Sudantel stopped working in the capital Khartoum in the early afternoon, an AFP correspondent said, adding the outage had affected embassies, luxury hotels and offices.

He said security forces would provide "security to isolated civilians, reopen roads and facilitate the mobility of people, public and private transport and protect markets and strategic state installations".

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The Central Committee for Sudanese Doctors blamed forces supporting the ruling generals for the deaths on Sunday.

"The Alliance for Freedom and Change (umbrella protest movement) is fully responsible for recent unfortunate incidents. including blocking roads which is violating worldwide humanitarian laws", Lieutenant General Jamaleddine Omar said on state television late Sunday.

News of the return to talks followed the intervention of Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who met both sides to try and break the impasse.

The Forces for Declaration of Freedom and Change, which represents the protesters, said Tuesday they made a decision to suspend their general strike and campaign for civil disobedience until further notice.

Doctors told The Guardian on Tuesday that they believe 70 incidents of rape took place during the attack on the protest camp.

Meanwhile, the US State Department on Monday said it plans to send its top diplomat to Sudan this week to urge talks between the TMC and opposition leaders.

Nagy, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, is also set to discuss the Sudan crisis with African Union and Ethiopian officials in Ethiopia and will also travel to Mozambique and South Africa on his trip, which is to begin on Wednesday and last until June 23.

Protest leaders in Sudan have agreed to suspend widespread strikes and return to the negotiating table, an Ethiopian mediator says.