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Sudanese judge urged to end internet blackout after coup

A Sudanese judge on Thursday ordered telecommunications companies in Khartoum to explain why internet services continue to be cut, more than two weeks after the military takeover, and two days later a court ruled that connections must be restored .

Mobile Internet services in Sudan have been cut since the military seized power on October 25. The suspension has hindered campaigns of civil disobedience by pro-democracy groups and strikes against the coup.

A judicial order to restore internet services was issued on Tuesday in response to a complaint by the Sudanese Consumer Protection Society. The judge on Thursday reiterated the order to restore services for Jain, MTN and local providers Sudatel and Canner, pending the declaration of any damages to be paid to customers.

The companies could not be immediately reached for comment.

The coup ended the power-sharing arrangement between the military and civilians that was agreed upon after the overthrow of former president Omar al-Bashir in 2019, and is meant to lead to elections in late 2023.

Some senior citizens were detained and Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok was placed under house arrest.

Mediation aimed at ensuring the release of prisoners and a return to power-sharing has stalled as the military moves to consolidate control. Political sources told Reuters on Thursday that there had been no progress in indirect contact between Hamdok and the military.

Hamdok told the mediators that his position would be based on the civilian political coalition that emerged from the rebellion against Bashir.

Representatives of that coalition on Wednesday rejected talks with the military.

The UN envoy in Sudan, who is trying to facilitate mediation, is due to brief the UN Security Council on developments later on Thursday.


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