Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

No military rule in Sudan, group tells new junta

No military rule in Sudan, group tells new junta

Organizers of the protests in Sudan that forced longtime President Omar al-Bashir from office held a second day of talks Sunday with the ruling military council after urging the military to "immediately and unconditionally" hand power to a transitional civilian government that would rule for four years.

The head of the military council that replaced Bashir, who was ousted on Thursday after three decades in power, has said a civilian government will be formed after talks with the opposition in Sudan. An interim military council was established to oversee the country's transitional period for the next two years. He also said he was lifting the nighttime curfew imposed Thursday, which was supposed to have lasted a month, and he declared the immediate release of all those detained and tried during the wave of unrest that began in December.

In his statement, Kabashi said Atta had been sacked from his post.

The International Criminal Court has longstanding arrest warrants against Mr Al Bashir for suspected genocide and war crimes during the regime's brutal campaign of repression in Darfur. Ibn Auf, and his deputy, resigned as head of the transition council after they assumed the positions following Bashir's ouster.

"There were concerns from the political parties that the military council will oversee the government and that's something they do not want".

"We will never leave this square, our only [means of] power to put pressure on this military council is our sit-in here, so we will continue until we achieve all our demands", Randa Mohamed, 22, told Al Jazeera.

Sudanese protest organizers have presented demands to the country's new military rulers, urging the creation of a civilian government, the group spearheading demonstrations said.

"We still need the power to be transferred to the civilians and [for] the dissolution of the ruling party and the militias of the ruling party [to take place]", Atia said.

Lieutenant General Yasser Atta, a member of the military council, said they had hoped the opposition would come together to choose an independent candidate for prime minister, while another member of the council said they would give the opposition one week to submit their suggestions.

The African Union said his overthrow was "not the appropriate response to the challenges facing Sudan and the aspirations of its people".

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

Key regional power-brokers Saudi Arabia and the UAE voiced backing for the transitional council.

The agency added that Riyadh had also announced a humanitarian aid package to Sudan, including wheat, petroleum products, and medicine.

Alhaj said that a team of ten members from the alliance was already headed for the military headquarters to begin the meeting with the military officers.

"The UAE reaffirms its support for the steps taken by Sudan's transitional military council to protect people and property, wishing these steps would ensure security and stability for the sisterly country", the UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Saturday according to state news agency WAM.

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