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Sudan's Military Council Guarantees Protesters Peaceful Transition Period


Nesma Abdel Azim - 7Dnews Cairo

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 20:52 GMT

Sudan’s military council said Sunday, April 14th, that there had been orders by the former regime led by the deposed president Omar al-Bashir to disperse the sit-in at whatever cost, explaining that drove them to move and oust al-Bashir,

In a press conference aired on Sunday, council’s spokesperson Shamselddine Kabbashi affirmed that the former ruling party, National Congress Party, will not participate in the transitional government, but didn’t rule out its participation in the political scene through legitimate elections, based on people’s will.

Kabbashi ensured protesters that forcibly dispersing the sit-in held by Sudanese protesters is “not likely”, vowing to bear the responsibility for the safety of demonstrators.

He also asserted the immediate release of all army and police officers who participated in the 5-month protests that led to the ouster of al-Bashir.

Regarding the assets of the former ruling party, Kabbashi announced the formation of a committee to take over the assets.

Among the decisions took by the current ruling military council of the country was removing the defence minister Awad Ibn Auf from his role and appointed a new intelligence chief.

Lieutenant General Abu Bakr Mustafa was announced to replace Salah Abdallah Mohamed Saleh, known as Salah Gosh, as chief of Sudan's National Intelligence and Security Service.

The military council has also decided to sack Sudan's charge d'affaires to Washington, Mohamed Atta, as well as its ambassador to Geneva.

Sudan's new military rulers urged political parties on Sunday to select an "independent" figure to become prime minister and form a civilian government, AFP reported.

"We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy," Lieutenant General Yasser al-Atta, a member the ruling military council, said at the meeting with several parties in Khartoum.

"We want you to agree on an independent figure to be prime minister and agree on a civilian government."

Thousands remained encamped outside Khartoum's army headquarters overnight to keep up the pressure on a military council that took power after ousting veteran leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday, April 11th.

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