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Sudan opposition urges public to defend Khartoum sit-in

KHARTOUM (AA) – Sudan’s opposition Freedom and Change Alliance on Monday called on “all revolutionaries” to converge on army headquarters in Khartoum to protect a weeks-long sit-in, where protesters continue to demand civilian rule.</p> <p>In a statement, the opposition alliance said army troops were attempting to remove barricades set up earlier by protesters to protect the ongoing sit-in.</p> <p>The alliance called on “all revolutionaries” to converge on the area “in order to safeguard the sit-in, protect the revolution, and resist these repeated attempts to remove the barricades”.</p> <p>It went on to describe the latter development as “a step taken in preparation for dispersing the sit-in and undermining the revolution”.</p> <p>Organizers of the sit-in, which began in early April, demand that Sudan’s ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC) hand over power to a civilian authority.</p> <p>On April 11, the Sudanese army announced the “removal” of President Omar al-Bashir following months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.</p> <p>The MTC is now overseeing a two-year post-Bashir “transitional period” during which it has pledged to hold free presidential elections.</p> <p>Demonstrators, however, have remained on the streets to demand that the MTC hand over power — at the earliest possible date — to an elected civilian government.

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Sudanese maintain protests to demand civilian rule

<p>By Abdel Abdelrheem</p> <p><br></p> <p>KHARTOUM (AA) – Thousands of people continued to protest on Friday outside army headquarters in capital Khartoum to demand that Sudan’s ruling Military Transitional Council (MTC) hand over power to a civilian authority.</p> <p><br></p> <p>For the fourth consecutive week, demonstrators performed Friday prayers in Khartoum’s Al-Itisam Square, where preachers hailed the “revolution” and reiterated calls for “freedom, peace and justice”.</p> <p><br></p> <p>On April 11, the Sudanese army announced the “removal” of President Omar al-Bashir following months of popular protests against his 30-year rule.</p> <p><br></p> <p>The MTC is now overseeing a two-year post-Bashir “transitional period” during which it has pledged to hold free presidential elections.</p> <p><br></p> <p>Demonstrators, however, have remained on the streets to demand that the MTC hand over power — at the earliest possible date — to an elected civilian authority.</p> <p><br></p> <p>* Writing by Mahmoud Barakat</p>

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53 people killed in Khartoum since December: Ministry

<p>KHARTOUM (AA) – At least 53 protesters have been killed in Khartoum — and another 734 injured — since last December, according to the Sudanese Health Ministry.</p> <p>“Hospitals received 40 people dead on arrival, while another 13 died while receiving treatment,” Babaker Mohamed Ali, the ministry’s director-general in Khartoum, said Friday.</p> <p>According to an April 18 report by Human Rights Watch, however, more than 100 protesters have been killed in the capital during four months of anti-regime demonstrations.</p> <p>On April 11, the Sudanese army announced the removal of President Omar al-Bashir amid continued popular protests against his 30-year rule.</p> <p>A Military Transitional Council (MTC) is now overseeing a two-year “transitional period” during which it has pledged to hold presidential elections.</p> <p>Demonstrators, however, have remained on the streets to demand that the ruling MTC relinquish power to a civilian authority.</p>

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Protests continue near military HQ in Sudan's capital

By Omer Erdem</p> <p> <p>KHARTOUM (AA) – Anti-regime protests continued for an 18th day near the military headquarters in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, despite a military coup that overthrew longtime President Omar al-Bashir.</p> <p> <p>Thousands of protestors who gathered following calls from the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) and opposition urged the Military Transitional Council (MTC) to hand over power to a civilian administration.</p> <p> <p>The Freedom and Change Declaration Forces, the umbrella organization of the opposition, claimed regime forces would storm the protests, but soldiers did not intervene.</p> <p> <p>The MTC earlier announced that it was in contact with all parties to ensure political reconciliation. However, the Freedom and Change Declaration Forces accused it of not being serious because it sought to negotiate with the Forces of National Consensus, which supports the regime of ousted leader al-Bashir.</p> <p> <p>The opposition said it halted negotiations and would continue protests until power was granted to a civilian government.</p> <p> <p>The military previously announced that it would not use force to disperse the protestors but would also not allow the protests to negatively impact daily life.</p> <p> <p>Opposition groups had announced that they viewed the military council as a continuation of the former regime and would announce a civilian administration Thursday.</p> <p> <p>Earlier this month, the Sudanese military deposed President Omar al-Bashir, who has ruled Sudan since 1989, following months of popular protests against his rule. </p> <p> <p>The military also established a military council to run the country for a transitional period of two years. </p> <p> <p>Demonstrators have been staging a sit-in outside the military headquarters and are demanding that power be handed over to a civilian government. </p> <p>*Writing by Ali Murat Alhas

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Canada calls for Sudan’s military to step aside

<p>By Barry Ellsworth </p> <p>TRENTON, Canada (AA) – Canada added its voice Friday to countries calling for the Sudanese military to step aside and allow a transition to a civilian-run government. </p> <p>“We echo the statement of the African Union Commission that a military council goes against the principles of the African Union Charter,” Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry, said in a statement. </p> <p>“A transition to a civilian government is essential.” </p> <p>Defense Minister Awad Ibn Auf, the head of Sudan’s transitional military council, announced Friday that following the coup he led to depose leader Omar al-Bashir, he would step down. </p> <p>But he also picked Lt. Gen. Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman Burhan as his successor, as the Sudanese constitution was suspended. Large demonstrations were held in the streets because people feared the military leaders were too close to Bashir, who has been indicted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes. </p> <p>The army has said it would stay in power for two years and then allow elections to determine Sudan’s future. </p> <p>But Canada and others said the Sudanese people deserve to have their will served now. </p> <p>“Canada commends the people of Sudan for their determination to make their voices heard since the beginning of peaceful demonstrations in December 2018,” the statement said. </p> <p>Protests were held against Bashir due to rising prices. </p> <p>“We call on Sudanese authorities to reverse the suspension of the constitution, lift the state of emergency and to release anyone detained in connection with the demonstrations.” </p> <p>Global Affairs also said that the Embassy of Canada in Khartoum was closed for security reasons. However, Canada’s diplomatic and consular services are available. </p> <p>But the department warned Canadians not to travel to Sudan for any reason.</p><br>

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Sudanese celebrate resignation of military council chief

By Mohammed Amin</p> <p>KHARTOUM (AA) – Millions of people in Sudan took to the streets Friday to celebrate after the country’s defense minister announced he was stepping down as head of the country’s transitional military council.</p> <p>Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf announced his resignation from the council earlier in the day and the appointment of Lieutenant General Abdel Fattah Burhan as his successor.</p> <p>The Forces of the Freedom and Change Declaration, an alliance that has helped organize the demonstrations, called on protesters to remain in Khartoum’s main square for now.</p> <p>&quot;We witnessed the resignation of Ibn Auf and we consider this a great victory of the will of our people. But we called on the protesters to stay in the square, especially in front of the military headquarters,&quot; it said in statement.

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Sudan: Despite curfew protests rage after Bashir ouster

By Omer Erdem

KHARTOUM, Sudan (AA) – Demanding a civilian transition government following the removal of Omar al-Bashir from office, thousands of Sudanese protesters took to the streets Thursday in the capital Khartoum despite a military-imposed curfew.

Protesters gathered mainly outside the army headquarters calling for the resignation of Awad ibn Auf, defense minister and the newly-appointed head of a military transitional body tasked with running the country for two years, as well as other senior officials linked with al-Bashir's ousted government.

Sudanese opposition parties and professional associations also voiced “total rejection ” of the “military coup “.

Protests were expected to continue Friday.

Ibn Auf was sworn in as the chairman of the Military Transitional Council, taking oath in a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Abdul Majid Idris which was broadcast live on state television.

Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi, the chairman of the Joint Staff Command, was sworn in as deputy chairman of the council.

Ibn Auf announced a one-month curfew along with a three-month nationwide state of emergency as well as the suspension of Sudan’s 2005 Constitution and the dissolution of the Sudanese presidency, parliament, and council of ministers.

Al-Bashir came to power on the back of a 1989 military coup against the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.

  • Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev
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Sudan appoints chairman of new transitional council

By Omer Erdem</p> <p>KHARTOUM (AA) – Sudan's Defense Minister Awad ibn Auf was sworn in Thursday as chairman of the new Military Transitional Council following the overthrow of President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.</p> <p>Ibn Auf took the constitutional oath in the capital Khartoum in a ceremony presided over by Chief Justice Abdul Majid Idris which was broadcast live on state television.</p> <p>Kamal Abdul-Marouf Al-Mahi, chairman of the Joint Staff Command, was sworn in as deputy chairman of the council.</p> <p>The Sudanese military earlier Thursday announced the removal of al-Bashir, who had ruled Sudan since 1989, and the imposition of a two-year &quot;transitional phase&quot; following mass demonstrations calling for the president to step down.</p> <p>Ibn Auf also announced in a televised statement the imposition of a one-month curfew — to take effect Thursday evening — along with a three-month nationwide state of emergency.</p> <p>He further announced the suspension of Sudan’s 2005 Constitution and the dissolution of the Sudanese presidency, parliament and council of ministers.</p> <p>He said a military council would be drawn up to run the country’s affairs during the post-Bashir interim phase.</p> <p>Sudanese opposition parties and professional associations voiced “total rejection” of what they described as a &quot;military coup&quot;.</p> <p>Al-Bashir came to power on the back of a 1989 military coup against the democratically-elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.</p> <p>*Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev

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UPDATE – Sudan: 13 protesters killed in clashes with police

ADDS BACKGROUND</p> <p>By Omer Erdem</p> <p>KHARTOUM (AA) – At least 13 people were killed Thursday in Sudan when security forces intervened in protests, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors.</p> <p>They included two demonstrators in the capital Khartoum, it said in a statement early Friday.</p> <p>The committee said one person died outside army headquarters in the capital, where hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in for the sixth day in a row.</p> <p>Since Saturday, at least 35 people have been killed in clashes with security forces, which have repeatedly tried to disperse the sit-in by force, it added.</p> <p>Earlier Thursday, the Sudanese military announced the removal of President Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled the country since 1989, and the imposition of a two-year &quot;transitional phase&quot;.</p> <p>In a televised statement, Defense Minister Awad ibn Auf announced the imposition of a one-month curfew along with a three-month nationwide state of emergency.</p> <p>He also announced the suspension of Sudan’s 2005 Constitution and the dissolution of the Sudanese presidency, parliament and council of ministers.</p> <p> He said a military council would be established to run the country’s affairs during the post-Bashir interim phase.</p> <p>Sudanese opposition parties and professional associations voiced their total rejection of what they called a &quot;military coup&quot;.</p> <p>Al-Bashir came to power on the back of a 1989 military coup against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.</p> <p>*Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>

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Sudan: 13 protesters killed in clashes with police

By Omer Erdem</p> <p>KHARTOUM (AA) – At least 13 people were killed Thursday in Sudan when security forces intervened in protests, according to the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors.</p> <p>Clashes between demonstrators and security forces left several dead, including two in the capital Khartoum, it said in a statement early Friday.</p> <p>The committee said one person died outside army headquarters in the capital, where hundreds of protesters staged a sit-in for the sixth day in a row.</p> <p>Since Saturday, at least 35 people have been killed in clashes with security forces, which have repeatedly tried to disperse the sit-in by force, it added.</p> <p>Earlier Thursday, the Sudanese military announced the removal of President Omar al-Bashir, who had ruled the country since 1989, and the imposition of a two-year &quot;transitional phase&quot;.</p> <p>Al-Bashir came to power on the back of a 1989 military coup against the democratically elected government of Prime Minister Sadiq al-Mahdi.</p> <p>*Writing by Jeyhun Aliyev