News ID: 251408
Published: 0204 GMT April 14, 2019

Sudan Foreign Ministry urges global backing for army rulers

Sudan Foreign Ministry urges global backing for army rulers

Sudan's Foreign Ministry on Sunday urged the international community to back the country's new military rulers to help "democratic transition".

"The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is looking forward to the international community to understand the situation and to support the transitional military council ... in order to achieve the Sudanese goal of democratic transition," the ministry said in a statement.

"The steps taken by the army on Thursday, April 11, take the side of the people for the sake of freedom, peace and justice," the ministry said, echoing the catch-cry of the months-long protest movement that led to the ousting of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir.

The chief of the military council, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, is "committed to having a complete civilian government and the role of the council will be to maintain the sovereignty of the country," the military said.

Burhan was also committed to an independent judiciary and to preparing the environment for political parties and civil society to build themselves up "in order to have a peaceful transition of power," the ministry said.

Burhan took the oath as chief of the military council after his predecessor stepped down a day after ousting Bashir.

Tens of thousands of people have been camped outside the army headquarters since April 6 demanding both the deposing of Bashir and the transition to civilian rule.

In remarks broadcast on state TV, Burhan said Saturday the council has invited "all spectrums of Sudanese people for dialogue."

He said he was lifting the nighttime curfew imposed Thursday, which was to last for a month, and declared the immediate release of all those detained and tried during the wave of unrest that began in December.

Bashir imposed a state of emergency in February, banning unauthorized public gatherings and granting sweeping powers to the police in an effort to quash the protests. Dozens of people were killed in clashes between police and protesters, and hundreds were tried before emergency courts.


'Immediate' transition

Meanwhile, organizers of the protests called on the military to "immediately and unconditionally" hand power to a transitional civilian government that would rule for four years.

The political parties and movements behind the four months of protests said in a joint statement that they will remain in the streets until their demands are met. They said the handover to civilian rule would be the "first step toward the fall of the regime”.

The military overthrew al-Bashir on Thursday, ending his nearly 30-year reign and placing him under house arrest in the capital, Khartoum. The protesters fear that the military, which is dominated by al-Bashir appointees, will cling to power or select one of its own to succeed him.

Saudi Araba and the United Arab Emirates meanwhile issued statements in support of Sudan's transitional military council.

AFP and AP contributed to this story.  


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