Monday, 27 May, 2019

Brother of Sudan's Bashir not in detention: army

On Sudan the African Union squandered a chance and should sit down Sudan: Protesters close a main street in Khartoum
Patty Aguilar | 14 May, 2019, 19:27

They say they are determined to force the ruling military council to cede power - just as they pushed the army into deposing veteran president Omar al-Bashir on April 11.

Tyres are pictured ablaze during a demonstration in Khartoum.

Protest leaders resumed their talks with military council representatives in early afternoon, one of the protest leaders told AFP.

The transitional military council now ruling the country has said Bashir will face justice in Sudan and will not be extradited to The Hague, where the International Criminal Court has charged him with war crimes and genocide linked to the Darfur conflict in the early 2000s.

"At today's meeting we agreed on the structure of the authorities and their powers".

"The authorities are as follows -- the sovereign council, the cabinet a d the legislative body", he said.

Talks are expected to continue on Tuesday, among other things to determine the length of the transitional period, said Military Council spokesman, Shams Khabbashi. Sudan's military, which now controls the country, said it would prosecute Bashir and will not extradite him.

The MTC is now overseeing a two-year "transitional period" during which it has pledged to hold presidential elections.

The two sides have for weeks been engaged in on-off negotiations over the structure and powers grated to the temporary government. They don't want to be caught unawares when the forces come for them. A Bloomberg reporter counted at least 50 injured people at the field hospitals at the camp, which was first set up on April 6.

The official death toll is 65.

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Bashir was imprisoned in the capital, Khartoum, days after the military removed him from power.

For a second day demonstrators blocked Nile Street, a major avenue running south of the Blue Nile, placing burning branches and stones across the road, as well as several other streets north and south of the river.

Three protesters were wounded by "live ammunition" when security personnel tried to dismantle blockades put by demonstrators in parts of the capital, the doctors' committee said.

Earlier, paramilitary forces patrolled the streets, using tear gas and gunshots to disrupt protests blocking roads.

Initially, talks between the ruling generals and the protest organisers had shown little sign of progress.

But the generals pointed to what they call "many reservations" over the alliance's roadmap.

They have singled out its silence on the constitutional position of Islamic sharia law, which was the guiding principle of all legislation under Bashir's rule but is anathema to secular groups like the Sudanese Communist Party and some rebel factions in the alliance.

The military agreed last month to recognize the FDFC as the uprising's only legitimate representative in a victory for the protesters.

They were killed in gunfire at a sit-in outside military headquarters where demonstrators are demanding full civilian government.

The killings took place after nightfall on Monday, when protests in Sudan usually swell during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which is marked by dawn-to-dusk fasting.

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