Sudanese Muslims buy livestock at a market in Sudan's capital Khartoum on August 11, 2019, as they mark their first Eid Al-Adha feast without Omar al-Bashir as a ruler in three decades. / AFP / Jean Marc MOJON
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As Muslims in Khartoum marked their first Eid al-Adha feast without Omar al-Bashir as a ruler in three decades, the mood was upbeat Sunday but the menu stayed frugal.Months of bloody anti-regime protests created a historic opportunity for civilian rule in Sudan but also saw prices soar, putting a damper on celebrations.In Khartoum markets, the price of a sheep – a must in the Feast of the Sacrifice which is considered the holiest day in the Muslim calendar – has doubled since last year.In Khartoum's Bori neighborhood, considered one of the cradles of the protest movement that brought down Bashir earlier this year, an Eid market known for its low prices is witnessing record turnover.A deal was reached a week ago between the country's generals and protest leaders to transition to civilian rule in just over three years.
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