Sudan generals, protesters split on who will lead transition

Sudanese demonstrators are worried a military council would leave most of Al-Bashir's regime intact. (AFP/File)
Updated 21 May 2019
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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.


Iran ‘never seeks war’ with US: Rouhani

Updated 7 min 32 sec ago
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Iran ‘never seeks war’ with US: Rouhani

  • ‘Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including (the) US’

TEHRAN: Iran “never seeks war” with the United States, President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday amid a spike in tensions between the two countries.
“Iran has no interest to increase tension in the region and it never seeks war with any country, including (the) US,” the president said during a phone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, quoted by state news agency IRNA.