One of the largest opposition blocs in Sudan has joined calls from a wide range of political groups to demand that President Omar al-Bashir step down.
Sudan's Call coalition said in a statement on Wednesday January 2nd that its first and last demand was al-Bashir's resignation and the departure of his administration, to signal the start of a democratic transition.
Nidaa al-Sudan, or Sudan's Call, includes the Umma Party, led by former Prime Minister Sadeq al-Mahdi, rebel groups from Kordofan Darfur and the southern Blue Nile region in the south-west of the country.
AP reports that an increase in the number of groups calling for al-Bashir's departure is expected to turn up the pressure on his repressive government, following two weeks of protests in Sudan's streets.
Al-Bashir, who seized power in a military coup in 1989, ordered the use of force against peaceful protesters who have taken to the streets since December 19th to demand his dismissal. The authorities have also arrested hundreds of demonstrators and about 20 opposition leaders.