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Sudan protest leaders demand scrapping of military council

AFP  |  Khartoum 

Sudanese protest organisers on Monday demanded the new military council be scrapped, as demonstrators kept up calls for a civilian government at a sit-in outside headquarters.

Thousands of demonstrators have continued to rally in support of demands for civilian rule, despite an apparent attempt to disperse them following the ouster last week of veteran

"We want the military council to be dissolved and be replaced by a civilian council having representatives of the army," said Mohamed Naji, a of the

The organisation which spearheaded months of leading to Bashir's fall also demanded the sacking of the country's

The SPA's latest demands came as the military council faced mounting public and diplomatic pressure to hand over power to a civilian administration.

German called for "a rapid transfer of power to a civilian transitional government," in a phone call with Egyptian

"This must be followed by a credible, inclusive political process that meets the expectations of the Sudanese people with regard to economic and political reforms," her office said in a statement.

Sisi meanwhile reiterated Egypt's support for "the brotherly Sudanese people's will" and said would "not interfere in its internal affairs", according to a presidential statement.

Their comments come a day after the embassies of Britain, the and issued a joint statement calling for "inclusive dialogue to effect a transition to civilian rule".

Outside headquarters crowds remained camped outside the complex, despite SPA warnings of "an attempt to disperse the sit-in".

"We call on our people to come immediately to the sit-in area to protect our revolution," the SPA said in a statement, without saying who was responsible.

Witnesses said several vehicles had surrounded the area and that troops were seen removing the barricades which demonstrators had put up as a security measure.

"I felt frustrated when they tried to break the sit-in, but I still trust the army because it's not possible that they would give up on protesters," said demonstrator

Portraits of people killed in the months of rallies covered the facades of several buildings in the area.

"Until we see tangible results, we are not moving from here," said protester

A 10-member delegation representing the protesters delivered a list of demands during talks with the council late Saturday, according to a statement by the umbrella group.

But in a conference, the council's did not respond to the protesters' demands.

The military council however met with political parties on Sunday, urging them to agree on an "independent figure" to be prime minister, at the meeting said.

"We want to set up a civilian state based on freedom, justice and democracy," a council member, Lieutenant Yasser al-Ata, told members of several political parties.

The foreign ministry said was "committed to having a complete civilian government" and urged other nations to back the council in order to achieve "the Sudanese goal of democratic transition".

Burhan has pledged that individuals implicated in killing protesters would be held to account and that demonstrators detained under a state of emergency imposed by the during his final weeks in power would be freed.

The SPA says Bashir must also face justice, along with officials from his feared and (NISS) whose chief resigned on Saturday.

As part of the shake-up at the top, a new NISS have been appointed.

Bashir ruled with an iron fist for 30 years before he was deposed last week following mass that have rocked the country since December.

The SPA has additionally called for the confiscation of properties belonging to the ousted president's and the release of soldiers who sided with their movement.

Late on Sunday, the military council said it has set up a committee to register NCP properties and seize control of them.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 22:55 IST