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Sudanese Opposition Groups Combine to Protest Against Al-Bashir

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(Bloomberg) -- About a dozen Sudanese opposition groups have agreed to join a coalition led by a clandestine association of professionals in the north African country, and intensify protests against President Omar al-Bashir.

Farmers unions, youth movements, and civil society organizations are among those that joined the Freedom and Change movement, Mohamed Yossef al-Mustafa, a member of the Sudanese Professionals Association, told a rally in the capital, Khartoum, on Wednesday.

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Unrest that began December in Africa’s third-biggest country by area and has claimed dozens of lives is the most serious threat to al-Bashir’s rule since he seized power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989. Its causes include an economic crisis that’s hitting the middle classes and the poor with fuel, wheat and cash shortages contributing to inflation reaching 70 percent.

To contact the reporter on this story: Mohammed Alamin in Nairobi at malamin1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net, David Malingha, Karl Maier

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