Ousted Leader Bashir Planned to Quell Protests By Force — Sudan Military Council

Ousted Leader Bashir Planned to Quell Protests By Force — Sudan Military Council

Ousted Leader Bashir Planned to Quell Protests By Force — Sudan Military Council

Talks between protest leaders and Sudan's new rulers were followed Sunday by a meeting between Washington's top envoy to Khartoum, Steven Koutsis, and the military council's deputy. He said 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.

"We will continue. our sit-in until all our demands are met", including the formation of a fully civilian government, one of the alliance's leaders, Omar al-Degier, said in the statement.

The former Sudanese leadership planned to quell mass anti-government protests in Khartoum using military force, that is why the country's military ousted President Omar Bashir from power, a spokesman for Sudan's transitional military council, Shams al-Din Kabashi Ibrahim, said on Sunday.

The Sudanese Rapid Support Forces said that it would call for the creation of a transitional council to include not only military personnel but also civilian officials, in the wake of the military takeover.

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".

Saudi Arabia and the UAE voiced backing for the transitional council.

"We demanded restructuring the current security apparatus", he said. They said a handover to civilian rule would be the "first step toward the fall of the regime".

In a statement broadcast on Sudanese radio, al-Burhan urged the protesters to return home - promising the military council was working to promote an equal society that protected political freedoms.

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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.

"It is crucial that Sudan's new authorities investigate Salah Gosh's role in the killings of scores of Sudanese protesters over the past four months", Amnesty said in a statement.

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

The council was "keen on maintaining global and regional relations with countries who have Sudan's best interests at heart", the foreign ministry said.

The protests were sparked late past year by price hikes and shortages but quickly escalated into an Arab Spring-inspired uprising against al-Bashir, who seized power in a 1989 Islamist-backed military coup. The military announced Sunday that ibn Ouf had retired.

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 protesters have modeled their movement on the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011 that swept leaders from power in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya and Yemen.

The Sudan Doctors Committee, an affiliate of the Sudanese Professionals Association, which has been spearheading the protests, said 13 people were shot dead on Thursday and three others, including the soldier, were killed Friday. They reiterated their rejection of military rule.

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