Sudan: Khartoum protest favours civilian-led govt. over military council

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Protesters took to the streets of Khartoum on Saturday to demand that a civilian-led transitional government replaces the military council currently controlling Sudan following the toppling of president Omar al-Bashir.

The protest came as Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan, the new head of the military council, promised the body would only rule the country for two years before democratic elections.

Burhan also lifted a curfew imposed on Thursday, originally meant to last for a month.

The Lieutenant General was appointed head of military-led council by General Awad Ibn Auf, leader of the coup, who had to step down due to ongoing protests.

The military council has reportedly met with the protesters’ representatives, who have conveyed their wish for a civilian-led transitional government and the release of detained protesters.

“We should get into the Guinness World Record books because we took down two presidents in 48 hours. When we went out we had one goal, we didn’t want a military government, and until now the military is in charge of the government. We want a civil government,” said Dalaa Ali Ismail, a protester.

Sudan has seen months of unrest beginning in December, sparked by rising bread prices. The movement escalated to include calls for the removal of Bashir and the immediate transition to civilian rule.

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