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Why did the talks between Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and protest groups break down?

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If the walls of Sudan’s presidential palace could speak, they would tell of a stark difference in the atmosphere of the talks between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces (DFCF) before and after the 72-hour delay imposed by the TMC last week.

The failure of the two sides to agree on Monday appears to be a direct result of the events that transpired in the intervening 72-hour period that saw compliance with the army’s demand for barricades across Khartoum to be dismantled, as well as massive counter-demonstrations by tens of thousands of people belonging to religious groups. Members of more than 500 mosques marched outside the presidential palace demanding that the agreement between the TMC and DFCF be brought to an end, and Islamic law in the land be protected.

A week earlier, the TMC had agreed on a Sovereign Council and Legislative Ruling Council made up of 300 members, two-thirds from the DFCF and one-third from the groups not involved in the negotiations. However, reports suggested that the TMC seized on the general discontent on the street that the talks should be called off because it was not prepared to surrender power to civilian rule and needed to buy time. Suspicions that the Sudanese Army wanted to renege on the deal intensified given the disproportionate time allowed to dismantle the barricades.

The move wrong-footed the DFCF, which appeared to have........

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