Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans as they participate in anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan, Jan. 17, 2019.
Sudanese demonstrators chant slogans as they participate in anti-government protests in Khartoum, Sudan, Jan. 17, 2019.

CAIRO - Demonstrators are gathering in Sudan’s capital and eastern cities to memorialize those killed in protests against autocratic President Omar al-Bashir, on the anniversary of a 2005 killing of protesters in Port Sudan.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi meets with Sudan's President Omar Hassan al-Bashir at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 27, 2019. in this handout picture courtesy of the Egyptian Presidency.
Sudan's Bashir Seeks Support Abroad as Protests Heat Up
As protests against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir continue, the embattled leader has made visits to Qatar and Egypt in what analysts say is an effort to get diplomatic support to bolster his government. Speaking Sunday in Cairo, President Omar al-Bashir said protesters in Sudan are trying to copy the Arab uprising in 2011 that toppled some leaders in the Middle East.Bashir was visiting Egypt for the second time since the crisis began more than a month ago. …

Tuesday’s demonstrations are expected to be larger than recent ones. Sudanese have lately taken to demonstrations that attempt to avoid crackdowns by the police, protesting in local squares and neighborhoods sometimes blocked off with cars or makeshift barricades.

The current wave of protests began Dec. 19 in opposition to surging prices and a failing economy that doesn’t produce enough jobs for Sudanese, but quickly shifted to calls for an end to al-Bashir’s three decades of rule.

In this photo released by the Egyptian Presidency's office, Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir right, shakes hands with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sissi in Cairo, Egypt, Jan. 27, 2019.
Egypt's President Hosts Sudan's Embattled Leader
Egypt hosted embattled Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir on Sunday, saying it supports stability in the country undergoing popular demonstrations against al-Bashir's 29-year rule. After meeting with President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to discuss deepening relations and improving economic ties, the two leaders gave a joint televised address to underline their continuing cooperation.   El-Sissi said he was eager to maintain the close historical ties between the two countries, while al-Bashir said the…

Al-Bashir, who seized power in a military coup, insists that only elections, which he intends to run in, could bring change.