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​​Eastern Sudan crisis threatens stability in Khartoum

Protests are sweeping eastern Sudan, which includes three of the country's poorest states.
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CAIRO — The Beja tribes have been protesting in eastern Sudan, calling for the dissolution of the government in light of the poor economic conditions in the area and for the abolition of the Juba Peace Agreement.

On Sept. 24, protesters shut down the port in Port Sudan, which is seen as the first commercial outlet in the country. They also blocked the main roads connecting eastern Sudan to the capital Khartoum, a move that has halted imports and exports from and to Sudan since the protests broke out in the beginning of September.

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