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Sudan tells UN transition to civilian rule could be shortened

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Sudan's UN said Friday that a two-year transition period to civilian rule announced by the military council that seized power in the country could be shortened as protesters kept up their demands for change.

Addressing the UN Security Council, Sudan's charge d'affaires offered assurances that the military council would support an inclusive civilian-led government.

"The (military) council will be the guarantor of a civilian government to be formed in collaboration with political forces and stakeholders. No party will be excluded," said Abdelsalam.

"The transitional period could be shortened depending on developments on the ground and agreements between stakeholders," he told the

The military rulers who removed from office on Thursday have offered dialogue with all political groups on forming a civilian government.

Protesters, who took to the streets months ago to demand an end to Bashir's rule, have kept up their demonstrations, denouncing an army coup and calling for civilian rule.

The has called on to bring civilians in the government, while Britain's has said that a two-year transition "is not the answer."

"We need to see a swift move to an inclusive, representative, civilian leadership," Hunt said.

The Sudanese said the military council was committed to leading a peaceful transition to civilian government and responding "to the Sudanese people's aspiration for change."

UN on Thursday called for a transition in that meets the "democratic aspiration" of the Sudanese people.

The was meeting to discuss the situation in Abyei, a territory disputed by and South

The council will meet later Friday behind closed doors to discuss the dramatic developments in Sudan.

Bashir, who swept to power in a 1989 coup, was one of Africa's longest-serving presidents. He is wanted by the on charges of genocide and war crimes.

In Khartoum, the of the council's political committee, Omar Zain al-Abdin, confirmed that Bashir remained in custody, but said the council will never extradite him.

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First Published: Fri, April 12 2019. 22:00 IST