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Sudan's military council declares opening of roads, bridges in capital

Burhan-Sudan-750 General Abdel Fattah Al Burhan. File
Patty Aguilar | 03 May, 2019, 13:10

But the two sides are at odds over its composition, with the military pushing for a 10-member council including seven military representatives and three civilians.

The head of Sudan's ruling military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, will head a new joint civilian-military council when it is formed, a top general said on Tuesday.

Dozens of protesters staged a demo in the north Khartoum suburb of Bahari against the military council, burning tyres and blocking roads, an AFP reporter said.

The joint council would be the sovereign body overseeing a technocrat government and a legislative council.

Speaking at a news conference, he said the military had been seeking to "expand its powers daily".

While the deputy leader said that the military would not use force to remove barricades set up by protesters, claims of "infiltrators" and "chaos" may set the stage for future confrontations.

Sudan's main protest group said on Monday the army was trying to disperse a sit-in outside the military headquarters in Khartoum by removing barricades, but witnesses said troops had not moved in.

The sit-in, the culmination of 16 weeks of demonstrations against Bashir's three-decade rule, has continued after the army removed him from power.

"We are calling on our people across Sudan to show that they reject the attack on the sit-in and attempts to disperse it until we achieve our demand of having a civilian authority", the SPA said.

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Protesters kept up pressure on the TMC by way of mass rallies and a sit-in outside the Defence Ministry in Khartoum that began on April 6.

Five days later, the army toppled Bashir and took power through a transitional military council.

In the end, three generals resigned from the council amid civilian accusations that several members of the council represent Islamist or al Bashir-era factions.

The talks came after the two sides on Saturday agreed to form a joint civilian-military body to rule the northeast African country.

The joint council would be an overall ruling body, according to protest leaders, who want a separate transitional civilian administration to run the country's day-to-day affairs and work towards elections.

"We are part of the revolution and not part of the former regime as people view us".

It called on more civilians to join the sit-in and for protesters to erect barriers to protect themselves.

The military later overthrew Bashir in mid-April, taking power in a coup and forming a transitional council.

"We will continue our sit-in until the power is transferred to civilians".

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