Sudan Islamists to rally against protesters' silence on sharia

KHARTOUM Protesters gather during a sit-in outside military headquarters late on Wednesday.—AFP

The military council said roadblocks across Khartoum are "totally unacceptable", but the generals will allow barricades set up by protesters outside the army headquarters to remain and a sit-in there to continue.

The regional bloc made the statement following Sudan's Transitional Military Council (TMC) announcement on Wednesday that it has agreed with the major opposition forces on the rule structures and a three-year power transition period.

"I strongly urge the Sudanese military and security forces to. take immediate measures to protect the constitutional rights of the Sudanese people", Nononsi said in a United Nations statement.

Before talks were suspended, the two sides had agreed on several key issues, including a three-year transition period and the creation of a 300-member parliament, with two-thirds of legislators to come from the protesters' umbrella group.

Dagalo hailed the protesters, for their role in al-Bashir's military overthrow on April 11.

On Sunday the protest movement said it is determined to have a "civilian sovereign council led by a civilian as its chairman and having a limited military representation".

Al-Bashir on May 14 was charged "with inciting and participating" in the killing of protesters in the demonstrations that led to his ouster.

Seventeen African and Sudanese civil society organisations have sent a joint letter of appeal to the African Union urging urgent action be taken following the attacks on peaceful protesters in the Sudanese capital Khartoum by the military as talks on a new transitional authority stall.

"The assailants who opened fire (on protesters) have been caught".

Scores of worshippers on Friday staged spontaneous demonstrations in Khartoum after weekly prayers and criticised the protest movement. "The authorities must conduct thorough, independent and impartial investigations into the reported killings and use of force against protesters that occurred since the start of the protests on 19 December 2018, to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice", he said.

The ruling military council announced that "negotiations with the Alliance for Freedom and Change" over the planned transfer of power to a new governing body would resume on Sunday.

Protesters placed roadblocks on some avenues in Khartoum, paralysing large parts of the capital to put further pressure on the generals during negotiations, but the military rulers suspended the last round of talks and demanded the barriers be removed. "We want a Sudan that is for everyone".

"It ignores the developments achieved in negotiations so far. and the fact that Wednesday's meeting was to finalise the agreement, which would have stopped the escalations such as roadblocks".



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