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Protesters Keep up Pressure on Sudan's Military for Civilian Rule


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Sat, 13 Apr 2019 12:07 GMT

Protesters in Sudan said on Saturday 13th April they would keep up pressure for civilian rule after the defence minister stepped down abruptly as interim leader, following the overthrow of president Omar al-Bashir after 30 years of autocratic rule.

Defence minister Awad Ibn Auf stepped down as head of the transitional military council late on Friday April 12th, after only a day in the post, as protesters demanded faster political change, according to Reuters.  

Celebrations erupted on the streets of Khartoum, where thousands of protesters waved flags and illuminated mobile phones in the darkness and drivers hooted car horns. People chanted: "The second has fallen!" a reference to Ibn Auf and Bashir, witnesses said. 

The Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA), who have been leading the protests, called for more demonstrations on Saturday April 13th. 

"Today, we continue the march to finish the victory for our victorious revolution," the SPA said in a statement. 

"We assert that our revolution is continuing and will not retreat or deviate from its path until we achieve ... our people's legitimate demands of handing over power to a civilian government," it said. 

Since Friday April 12th, Sudan's transitional council has been headed by general Abdel-Fattah al-Burhan, which the military say will rule the country for up to two years until elections. Al-Burhan has met with the protesters in the streets and listened to their demands, according to AP.