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Sudanese Opposition Halts Civil Disobedience Campaign & Agrees To Resume Talks with Transitional Military Council

Although some vendors returned to work, most businesses remain closed.

Just days after enacting their civil disobedience campaign and the violent crackdown that left over 100 protesters dead, Sudanese opposition groups have agreed to pause on the action to resume talks with the Transitional Military Council (TMC), Reuters reports.


The Declaration of Freedom and Change Forces say in a statement that it would suspend the campaign "from Wednesday until further notice," though they've assured citizens to standby for possible further mobilization. The Sudanese Professionals Association have backed the suspension of the campaign, urging folks to return to work in the interim, BBC adds.

Khaled Omar, opposition leader, comments to Al Hadath TV that the halting of the campaign "was not tied to any specific political developments."

According to Ethiopian envoy Mahmoud Dirir, the Council has also agreed to release political prisoners as a confidence-building measure.

Salah Abdelkhalek, a member of the TMC, tells the BBC that regarding the negotiations, the Council might agree to "equal sharing power with the opposition," though they are still adamant that the head of the new transitional council should be from the military.

Abdelkhalek adds that hundreds of soldiers and officers who were involved with the June 3 massacre have been arrested; as well as cosigning an international investigation into the killings.

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Interview: Focalistic’s Blend of Hip-Hop and Amapiano Is Working

South African rapper Focalistic doesn't fixate on genre. He wants you to know his music "is for South Africans, by South Africans that sound South African."

A few weeks before Focalistic's hit single "Ke Star" is announced to have gone gold (it has since gone platinum), a large group of school kids gather around the driver seat of the rapper's sporty BMW. "I realised that people really love him during the shoot of the 'Ke Star' music video," a passer-by says. "It was wild."

Just like today. The same group, which has now grown bigger, waits outside the spot where Focalistic will sit down for an interview. They each want a picture with one of the country's most promising rappers. They have to wait until he's done answering our questions. Asked if he enjoys being mobbed by fans, he says, "It's not like I like it. But it's something you get used to and you understand it. It's love, it's never to irritate."

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