Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

The Sudanese Professionals Association spearheaded the demonstrations that ousted Omar al-Bashir. (File/AFP)
Updated 21 April 2019

Sudan protest leaders to unveil civilian ruling body

  • The Sudanese Professionals Association called on its supporters, foreign diplomats and journalists to be present at the announcement
  • Thousands have kept up protests since Bashir’s ouster demanding civilian rule

KHARTOUM: Sudan’s protest movement said it will unveil a civilian ruling body on Sunday, piling pressure on the military council which seized power after toppling president Omar Al-Bashir last week.
The Sudanese Professionals Association called on its supporters, foreign diplomats and journalists to be present on Sunday outside army headquarters where thousands have kept up protests since Bashir’s ouster demanding civilian rule.
“This press conference at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday will announce the names of a civilian council,” the SPA said in the Friday statement.
The SPA, which organized the four months of nationwide protests that led up to Bashir’s overthrow, has toughened its stand against the military council, demanding its immediate dissolution and replacement.
“We are demanding that this civilian council, which will have representatives of the army, replace the military council,” an SPA leader, Ahmed Al-Rabia, told AFP.


Libya’s navy intercepts about 150 Europe-bound migrants

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Libya’s navy intercepts about 150 Europe-bound migrants

  • Three rubber boats with 148 Arab and African migrants were stopped off Libya’s western towns of Zuwara and Sabrata
  • Libya has emerged as a major transit point for migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe

CAIRO: Libya’s coast guard says it has intercepted around 150 Europe-bound migrants off the country’s Mediterranean coast.
Spokesman Ayoub Gassim said Saturday the migrants had been returned to shore and would be taken to a detention center in the capital, Tripoli.
Gassim said the three rubber boats with 148 Arab and African migrants were stopped off Libya’s western towns of Zuwara and Sabrata Friday, and included 15 women and 11 children.
Libya has emerged as a major transit point for migrants fleeing war and poverty to Europe. In recent years, the EU has partnered with Libya’s coast guard and other local groups to stem the dangerous sea crossings.
Rights groups, however, say those policies leave migrants at the mercy of armed groups or confined in squalid detention centers rife with abuses.