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Protests continue as military says 30 -year rule of Omar al-Bashir will be replaced by military-led transitional council
Protesters in Sudan have vowed to continue their campaign for democratic reform only hours after the army announced that the 30 -year rule of the country’s president, Omar al-Bashir, would be replaced by a military-led transitional council.
In a statement broadcast on state TV, Sudan’s defence minister said Bashir had been arrested and that the army would would take over for two years, after which ballots would be held.
Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, who is also an infantry general, said political detainees would be exhausted but that emergency situations would continue for three months and that a curfew from 10 pm to 4am would be enforced for at least a month. All ports will remain closed for 24 hours.
The armed merger came as months of affirms that intensified at the weekend when thousands of demonstrators began a sit-in outside the defence department compound in central Khartoum.
Though the removal from dominance of Bashir was first welcomed with pleasure on wall street of Khartoum elsewhere, that rapidly turning now to anger when the detailed rules for the coming government became clear.
The opponents’ rebuff of their brand-new lords heightened panics of substantial bloodshed if the military has chosen to crackdown.
The army’s decision to impose a curfew on Thursday evening was the most immediate challenge to the pro-democracy campaigners, effectively requiring the thousands who have occupied a crossroads in the center of Khartoum for five days to disperse.
Ahmed al-Montasser, a spokesman for the Sudanese Professionals Association( SPA ), which has been organising the big demonstrations, said the military merger was unacceptable.
” We do not accept the government by the army for the next two years … The regime remains the same. Just five or six beings have been replaced by a further five or six people from within the regime. This is a challenge to our parties ,” Montasser said from Germany.