SUDAN:Protest organisers to present names for civilian-led transition

The political parties and movements behind anti-government protests in Sudan are expected to meet the military council to present names for a civilian led-transitional administration, according to a spokesman.

Satiaa Alhaj, spokesman for the National Consensus Forces said the meeting will take place at the army headquarters in Khartoum later on Saturday. He does not give additional details.

The Sudanese foreign ministry is urging the international community to back the country’s new military council to help facilitate a “democratic transition”.

“The ministry of foreign affairs is looking forward to the international community to understand the situation and to support the transitional military council … in order to achieve the Sudanese goal of democratic transition,” the ministry says in a statement.

Al-Burhan is “committed to having a complete civilian government and the role of the council will be to maintain the sovereignty of the country,” the ministry says, adding that he aims to prepare an environment for political parties and civil society to build themselves up “in order to have a peaceful transition of power”.

Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir has been removed by the military after months of anti-government protests against his three-decade rule.

The long-time ruler was replaced by a military council headed by General Awad Ibn Auf, who imposed a three-month state of emergency and declared the transitional body would rule the country for two years.

The coup and installation of the council were rejected by the protesters, who said the moves did not meet their long-standing demands for a civilian-led government.Amid continued demonstrations, Ibn Auf resigned on Friday evening and named Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan as his successor.

.Since December, Sudan has witnessed persistent protests sparked by rising food prices that quickly escalated into wider calls for al-Bashir’s departure.

The latest crisis escalated on April 6 when thousands of demonstrators began a sit-in outside the army headquarters in the capital, Khartoum. Dozens of people have been killed in protest-related violence since the start of the demonstrations.

 

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