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Western nations urge dialogue over civilian rule in Sudan

AFP  |  Khartoum 

The United States, Britain and said Sunday it was time for Sudan's military rulers and other parties to hold talks over the country's transition to civilian rule.

The three said Sudan's new ruling had pledged to transfer power to a civilian government, but the "legitimate change" that the Sudanese people demand had still not happened.

"It is time for the and all other parties to enter into an inclusive dialogue to effect a transition to civilian rule," the embassies of the three said in a statement.

"This must be done credibly and swiftly, with protest leaders, political opposition, organisations, and all relevant elements of society, including women." The three also insisted that the continuing peaceful protests "must not be met with violence from any quarter".

"needs an orderly transition to civilian rule leading to elections in a reasonable time frame." The three countries reiterated their call for the release of political prisoners, as it condemned acts of violence by "legacy forces of the former regime".

Omar al-Bashir, who ruled with an iron-fist for 30 years, was deposed on Thursday by the after tens of thousands of people protested for months against his rule, accusing it of mismanaging the economy and corruption.

Meanwhile, Sudan's ruling military council on Sunday said it had sacked Khartoum's top to days after the ouster of veteran leader The military council has decided to sack Sudan's charge d'affaires to Washington, Mohamed Atta, the council's told reporters.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 03:15 IST