Sudan's military rulers fire top chief prosecutor, aids

Wednesday, 17 Apr, 2019

The move is the latest concession by the army-led transitional council, which took power last week following the fall of Omar al-Bashir after 30 years in power, and has since faced fierce pressure to rapidly give way to a civilian government.

Some of the most prominent protest leaders, most of whom are in their 20s and 30s and were only released from detention in recent days, have called for the dissolution of Bashir's National Congress party, the seizure of its assets and the arrest of the party's leading officials. Such assurances provide the basis for hope that Sudan's military, in charge of the country, is listening to the demands of citizens protesting for democratic reforms.

"Top request was no violence and no attempt to forcibly break the sit-in", said Siddiq. Yet it remains to be seen whether the army will make concessions to demonstrators that sufficiently meet their demands and whether the country will maintain its relative stability if such a necessary agreement is not quickly reached. It said a civilian authority should hold elections "as quickly as possible". "We appeal to everyone to head to the area to protect your revolution and gains".

Amid the celebratory demonstrations, there have also been outbreaks of gunfire between remnants of the old regime and the new military caretakers.

"Freedom, peace, justice", read banners carried by hundreds of University of Khartoum academics who marched to the protest site, demanding the transitional military council resign. In some videos the protesters chant "Revolution", as well as slogans against al-Bashir's Islamist supporters.

"The Transitional Military Council has met many demands of the protesters, but some of the demands of the protesters need time to answer", said General Jalal Eldin Alshaik, a member of the council, after the meeting.

Sudan's new leader, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who replaced Awad Ahmed ibn Auf one day after ibn Auf assumed the job, oversaw the deployment of Sudanese troops in Yemen and had previously served as the commander of the army's ground forces. The judiciary chief was not mentioned in the TMC statement. Also, will the pro-democracy activists and Sudan's military leadership agree on the timing of any such transition toward civilian rule?

A military spokesman said Sunday it will name a civilian prime minister and Cabinet - but not a president - to help govern the country.

The British ambassador said he had "expressed concerns" about the "historic role of the RSF", saying that allegations of crimes and abuses needed to be addressed by the military council in order to build confidence in it among citizens.

The protests began December 19, with demonstrators accusing al-Bashir's government of economic mismanagement that has sparked skyrocketing food prices, and fuel and foreign currency shortages. Dozens of people were killed in a security crackdown aimed at quashing the protests.

If Omar al-Bashir applies for asylum in Uganda that is a matter that can be considered by the President of Uganda.