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Sudan Protest Leaders, Military Council Resume Talks

Sudan Protest Leaders, Military Council Resume Talks

Wednesday, 24 April, 2019 - 18:30
Demonstrators make victory signs and wave Sudanese flags as they protest in front of the Defense Ministry in Khartoum, Sudan April 17, 2019. (Reuters)
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Sudan’s Transitional Military Council held talks on Wednesday with protest leaders after they had suspended talks with the generals over the weekend.

The council said in a statement before the meeting that it was willing to discuss proposals from the coalition of groups behind the protests for an immediate transfer of power to a transitional civilian government.

The Sudanese Professionals Association and its allies, who organized the four months of demonstrations that drove President Omar al-Bashir from power on April 11, accepted the invitation and met with the council, SPA spokeswoman Sarah Abdel-Jaleel said.

She did not provide details on what was discussed.

Thousands have camped outside the military headquarters in central Khartoum since before Bashir was deposed, and have vowed not to leave the area until their demand has been met.

The SPA plans to announce its own civilian transitional council during mass rallies on Thursday.

"We are calling for a million (people to) march on Thursday," said Ahmed al-Rabia, a senior leader of the SPA.

The protesters suspended talks with the military over the weekend after the military council said it was consulting all of Sudan's political forces on a path forward. The protesters accuse the council of failing to make a clean break with Bashir's regime and of trying to marginalize the SPA by depicting it as one of many political factions.

The SPA says the head of the military council's political committee and its chief negotiator, Lt. Gen. Omar Zain al-Abdin, was the head of Bashir's party within the military and is trying to revive his regime.

Omer el-Digair, an opposition party leader and member of the coalition, said ahead of the meeting that talks with the military's political committee "will lead to nothing."

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