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Internet restored in Sudan after weeks of blackout following unrest

Time of article published Jul 9, 2019

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Khartoum - The internet was functioning again in Sudan on Tuesday, following a court order to end weeks of blackout amid political unrest and protests.

"Khartoum court orders the companies of Sudani and MTN to restore internet services to customers temporarily, pending a decision on the case," read the decision seen by dpa. Another telecommunications company, Zain, was also working again.

Sudan's ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) cut the internet on June 3 after government soldiers stormed a peaceful sit-in in Khartoum. Protester-aligned groups say security forces killed more than 100 people in the crackdown.

On Friday, Sudan saw a breakthrough after months of turmoil when the TMC and opposition reached a power-sharing agreement.

The TMC has been in charge of the country since seizing power in an April military coup and deposing long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

The military action came after months of anti-government protests. However, the protesters stayed on the streets, calling for the army to hand power to a civilian government.

Last week's negotiation will see both sides share power until elections in three years' time.

Young tech-savvy Sudanese - for whom social networks were a main way of organising the demonstrations - welcomed being back online.

"I am so happy that I can access to the internet and know what is going on around me," said Islam Jamal, 26.

"I think it was a big mistake by the military junta to cut off the Internet to hide what happened at the crackdown on protesters," Jamal told dpa.


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