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Sudanese Want 'Immediate' Move to Civilian Rule

15 April 2019, 01:02 | Tara Lloyd

Demonstrators salute soldiers during a protest in Khartoum on Wednesday

Demonstrators salute soldiers during a protest in Khartoum on Wednesday

"The ministry of foreign affairs is looking forward to the global community to understand the situation and to support the transitional military council.in order to achieve the Sudanese goal of democratic transition", the ministry said in a statement.

In a statement, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) urged all Sudanese parties to "pursue constructive dialogue with a view to maintaining peace and social cohesion in the country and achieving aspirations of the Sudanese people for a peaceful transfer of power".

Sudanese demonstrators march with national flags as they gather during a rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy, outside the army headquarters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday, April 13, 2019.

General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, chief of the military council since Friday when his predecessor General Awad Ibn Auf stepped down, is "committed to having a complete civilian government", the military said.

The military council said on Thursday it expected a pre-election transition to last two years at most or less if chaos could be avoided.

A sit-in in the Sudanese capital, which began on April 6, was the culmination of a protest movement that began almost four months ago, triggered by a worsening economic crisis.

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But in a statement Saturday evening, Burhan said the deputy chief of the NISS was a member of the newly formed 10-member council which also includes the police chief and military figures.

The army has appointed a military council that it says will rule for two years or less while elections are being organized.

"We will continue. our sit-in until all our demands are met", including the formation of a fully civilian government, al-Degier said.

In his first televised address, Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan Abdelrahman cancelled a night curfew and ordered the release of all prisoners jailed under emergency laws put in place by Bashir before his downfall.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has spearheaded the protests, also posted a nine-point list of demands earlier Sunday, including prosecution of those behind the Islamist-backed military coup in 1989, dissolution of all pro-government unions, a freeze on the assets of top officials in al-Bashir's government and dismissal of all top judges and prosecutors.

Ibn Ouf had served as Bashir's defence minister right up to the president's downfall, after three decades of iron-fisted rule.

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Protesters in Khartoum celebrated his departure.

Sudan's foreign ministry on Sunday urged the worldwide community to support the country's new military rulers in order to ease a "democratic transition".

"It is crucial that Sudan's new authorities investigate Salah Ghosh's role in the killings of scores of Sudanese protesters over the past four months", said Amnesty's regional director Sarah Jackson.

Himeidti is a field commander for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) counter-insurgency unit.

Burhan's nomination "reflects the ambitions of the brotherly people of Sudan for security, stability and development", UAE state news agency WAM said.

Riyadh also announced a package of humanitarian aid, including petroleum products, wheat and medicines.

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