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Thousands demand justice for protesters in Sudan

Outside of the presidential palace in Khartoum, Sudan,  thousands of Sudanese gathered, demanding the appointment of senior judicial officials to investigate the killing of protesters since December.

Reuters reports that this was the first major protest since a power-sharing arrangement was agreed upon between the military and civilian groups last month. The agreement maintains a three-year transition leading to elections. This follows the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir in April.

In June, the military council dismissed public prosecutor Awaleed Sayed Ahmed Mahmoud and named an interim replacement.

Mahmoud came to power after promising that he would investigate the killing of dozens of people in the early hours of June 3, when security forces cleared a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry.

Reuters notes that authorities have accepted 87 deaths resulting from the violence that day, but protest groups have put the toll at nearly 130.

Protesters have demanded a new head of the judiciary and a new public prosecutor who would lead to prosecutions of the security forces blamed for deaths during protests against Bashir and the military council.

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