Military's Grip on Power Challenged by Sudan Democracy Protests

Military's Grip on Power Challenged by Sudan Democracy Protests

Military's Grip on Power Challenged by Sudan Democracy Protests

The Sudanese military on Thursday deposed Bashir, who had ruled Sudan since 1989, following months of popular protests against his government.

Earlier the military council met with political parties and urged them to agree on an "independent figure" to be prime minister, an AFP correspondent present at the meeting said.

Sudan's transitional military council has been sworn in two days after the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir.

In his first televised address as de facto leader of the country on Saturday, he said that a civilian government would be established following consultations with opposition forces, promising that the transitional period would last for a maximum of two years.

The Troika countries (the UK, Norway, and the USA), congratulated the people of Sudan, and urge "an orderly transition to civilian rule leading to elections in a reasonable time frame".

The SPA confirmed in statement on Saturday that it had received an invitation from the military council alongside the Change and Freedom alliance for talks in order to a new government.

"We are at our sit-in until we hear the response from the army to the. demands".

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

The movement said it has formed a 10-member delegation to introduce "the people's demands" to the military council, reiterating its rejection of military rule. He said that the talks would focus on submitting the organizers' demands and transition plan and that they are calling for dissolving al-Bashir's ruling National Congress Party.

The political parties and movements behind the four months of protests said in a joint statement late Saturday that they will remain in the streets until their demands are met.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates meanwhile issued statements in support of Sudan's transitional military council.

"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.

But outside the Middle East, the formation of a military government to replace Mr Al Bashir has been criticised.

On Saturday, the military council's new chief General Burhan vowed to dismantle Bashir's regime, lifting a night-time curfew with immediate effect.

He took the oath of office on Friday after his predecessor General Awad Ibn Ouf stepped down little more than 24 hours after ousting Bashir.

Al-Bashir imposed a state of emergency in February, banning unauthorized public gatherings and granting sweeping powers to the police in an effort to quash the protests.

The International Criminal Court has longstanding arrest warrants against Bashir for suspected war crimes during the regime's brutal campaign of repression in Darfur, where a decade-and-a-half of conflict has killed 300,000 people. The military announced Sunday that ibn Ouf had retired.

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.

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