Sudanese protesters jubilant after military leader rapidly replaced

14 April, 2019, 05:42 | Author: Carlos George
  • Demonstrators salute soldiers during a protest in Khartoum on Wednesday

Awad Ibn Auf who's also the leader of the military council after the removal of President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down.

Protesters have rejected the military's announcement that it will rule the country for the next two years, calling it a continuation of al-Bashir's regime.

Bashir is facing an arrest warrant over allegations of genocide in Sudan's Darfur region during an insurgency that began in 2003 and led to the death of an estimated 300,000 people.

"We consider (the) taking of power by the military council as violating the constitution's legitimacy", the NCP said in a statement.

The head of the opposition Sudanese Congress Party (SCoP) Omar Al Degair said his organisation would not allow the "theft of the revolution" after expressing disappointment in the subsequent events.

Burhan, who previously served as the general inspector of the armed forces, had met with the protesters in the streets after al-Bashir's ouster and listened to their demands.

The new head of Sudan's military council said on Saturday a civilian government would be formed after consultations with the opposition and the transition period would last for a maximum of two years, as protesters kept up pressure for rapid change.

During the Darfur conflict, he was head of military intelligence and the United States imposed sanctions on him in 2007 in relation to his alleged support for militia blamed for atrocities there.

The activist group said that at least 38 people, including at least six soldiers, have been killed since the protests began on April 6.

The Sudanese Professionals Association, which has led months of huge anti-government protests, said the "coup makers are not eligible" to oversee change and demanded an immediate hand-over to a "traditional civilian government". The new three-month State of Emergency declared by the military transitional council on Thursday remains in force.

Sudanese pro-democracy protesters who spent four months on the streets rallying against the country's autocratic president are now defying the military leaders who overthrew Omar al-Bashir the day before.

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Zain al-Abideen said the military council would not interfere with a civilian government.

Burhan comes with less baggage from Bashir's deeply unpopular rule than Ibn Ouf.

Burhan was one of the generals who reached out to protesters at the week-long encampment near the military headquarters, meeting with them face to face, and listening to their views.

Zein Abedeen did not indicate at the press conference that the army would move against the protesters, making instead vague remarks about how he would "come out. sit on the grass" and talk with the demonstrators.

A former military intelligence chief, Ibn Ouf remains under USA sanctions for his role in the regime's brutal response to a 2003 ethnic minority rebellion in Darfur region.

Speaking to reporters minutes before al-Burhan's address, political parties and movements behind the protests said they were ready to meet the military to discuss the transition and announced the formation of a 10-member delegation to introduce the people's demands to the military council.

Bachelet says: "The crisis in Sudan has its roots in human rights grievances - economic, social, civil and political rights".

The African Union also called on ' all stakeholders to engage in an inclusive dialogue', while expressing its reservations on the military takeover as a solution to Sudan's challenges.

Army vehicles carrying troops were seen deploying across the centre of Khartoum from early Thursday.

Bashir was on Thursday wrestled out of power after 30 years in the top position where some of his top state officials arrested and political detainees set free.


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