Sudan’s ruling military and civilian parties started direct talks on Wednesday to discuss solutions to the eight months-long political crisis in the country. A host of political parties have showed up for the negotiations, including the Democratic Union Party (DUP), Popular Congress Party, and former rebel movements which signed the Juba Peace Agreement. Sudan has been in turmoil since last October when the military dismissed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok’s transitional government, a move decried by political forces as a “military coup.”