Sudan tensions escalate after talks with military break down

Demonstrators lit the night sky with cellphones while chanting protest slogans and songs. (AFP)
Updated 22 April 2019
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Sudan tensions escalate after talks with military break down

  • Demonstrations in Sudan continued after talks between the army and protest leaders broke down
  • One of the demonstrators said the army is an extension of the regime

KHARTOUM: Tensions are rising in Sudan after talks broke down between protesters and the country’s military rulers who earlier in April ousted President Omar Al-Bashir after months of street protests against his rule.
Large crowds lit up the night sky with their cellphones, singing and chanting as protest leaders delivered fiery speeches in the capital, Khartoum, on Sunday night.
The protest organizers — the Sudanese Professionals Association — said they suspended talks with the ruling military council because it failed to meet their demands for an immediate transfer to a civilian government.
The protesters fear the military intends to cling to power or put another general in charge.
Qurashi Diefallah, a protester, said they’re disappointed because the army is “just an extension of the regime which stole 30 years from us.”


Sudan generals, protesters split on who will lead transition

Updated 6 min 5 sec ago
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Sudan generals, protesters split on who will lead transition

  • Demonstrators want to limit the role of the military in the transitional council
  • They are represented by the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change during the talks

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s ruling generals and protesters behind months of mass demonstrations that drove autocrat Omar Al-Bashir from power are divided over who will lead the country during its transition period.
The issue remains a stumbling block in the negotiations between the two sides. Their latest round of talks ended early on Tuesday without agreement.
The protesters, represented by the Forces for the Declaration of Freedom and Change, insist on a “limited military representation” in a sovereign council that will guide Sudan through the three-year transition.
The military insists it play the lead role in the council.
The protesters fear the generals intend to hold on to power or cut a deal with other factions that would leave much of Al-Bashir’s regime intact.
Since his ouster, Al-Bashir has been jailed in Khartoum.