The standoff between the military and the protest leaders is likely to be prolonged, given that pro-democracy protesters see the takeover as a naked power grab.

The U.N. secretary general urged Sudan’s generals to reverse their takeover of the country, after tens of thousands of people took to the streets in the largest pro-democracy protest since last week’s coup, AP reports.

Antonio Guterres said the generals should “take heed” of Saturday’s protests. “Time to go back to the legitimate constitutional arrangements,” he said in a tweet.

He was referring to a power-sharing deal that established joint military-civilian rule following the ouster of longtime autocrat Omar al-Bashir and his Islamist government in April 2019.

The U.N. envoy for Sudan, Volker Perthes, meanwhile, said he met Sunday with Abdalla Hamdok, the deposed prime minister who remained under house arrest in the capital Khartoum.

“We discussed options for mediation and the way forward for Sudan. I will continue these efforts with other Sudanese stakeholders,” he said.

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