Military and civilian groups share power in the East African country in a difficult alliance since the overthrow of longtime President Omar al-Bashir in 2019.
But following a failed coup attempt in September attributed to forces loyal to Bashir, military leaders demanded reforms from the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) coalition and replacement of the cabinet.
Civilian leaders, however, accused them of aiming for a seizure of power.
An army-aligned FFC faction, including armed groups that rebelled against Bashir, called for Saturday’s protests and held a short event at a nearby convention hall.
Unlike previous demonstrations, the demonstrators were able to reach the gates of the presidential palace, which is generally barricaded. There was little police presence during the demonstration.
Protesters, who were seen arriving in central Khartoum aboard dozens of buses, clashed with pro-civilian protesters.
Earlier, members of an unidentified armed group removed security barriers around government buildings and prevented police and security forces from preparing for the march, Khartoum state governor Ayman said. Khalid, in a statement.
In a speech on Friday, Civilian Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok presented a roadmap for emerging from the crisis and warned that failure to find a solution would put the country’s future “to the wind”. Read more
At the root of the crisis are disputes over questions of justice, military restructuring and the dismantling of the financial apparatus of the Bashir regime, analysts say.