Sudan protesters set demands for military rulers

16 April, 2019, 14:30 | Author: Carlos George
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The SPA held its first news conference since Bashir, who ruled with an autocratic hand since seizing power in a coup 30 years ago, was ousted by the military on Thursday following months of street demonstrations.

"There is an attempt to disperse the sit-in from the army headquarters area, they are trying to remove the barricades", the SPA said in a statement to AFP.

"The decision whether to extradite Bashir to ICC will be made by a popularly elected government and not the transitional military council", he said.

A military council that took over promised on Sunday would not forcefully break up the sit-in.

The council demanded that the Sudanese military "step aside and hand over power to a transitional civilian-led political authority, in accordance with the will of the people and constitutional order, within a maximum period of fifteen days from the date of the adoption of the present communique [Monday]", according to the text. "We hope that everyone will head immediately to the areas of the sit-in to protect your revolution and your accomplishments", the SPA said.

For its part, the Sudanese Professional Association (SPA), which spearheaded protests against al-Bashir, called on supporters to converge on the protest camp outside the army headquarters.

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Follow the money American actor George Clooney, who has campaigned hard to draw attention to the conflict in Sudan's Darfur region, over the weekend urged world powers to pressure the military "to turn over full executive power to a civilian-led transitional government".

The sit-in outside the compound, which also includes the intelligence headquarters and the presidential residence, began on 6 April after more than three months of protests triggered by a deepening economic crisis.

"It is time for the Transitional Military Council and all other parties to enter into an inclusive dialogue to effect a transition to civilian rule", the statement read.

The body, which has 55 member states, added that "a military-led transition would be completely contrary to the aspirations of the people of Sudan".

Below are their key demands, which the umbrella group Alliance for Freedom and Change says must to be met for the sit-in to end.

"This must be done credibly and swiftly, with protest leaders, political opposition, civil society organisations, and all relevant elements of society, including women", the embassies of the three countries said in a statement. He did however announce the appointment of a new NISS head after the intelligence agency's chief Salih Ghosh resigned on Saturday. They demanded the dissolution of Bashir's National Congress Party and said they received affirmation from the TMC that the party will not participate in a transitional government being negotiated. Burhan has pledged that individuals implicated in killing protesters would face justice and that demonstrators detained under a state of emergency imposed by Bashir during his final weeks in power would be freed.

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