Sorry, you need to enable JavaScript to visit this website.
Skip to main content
Demonstrators in Khartoum have vowed to continue their sit-in until a civilian government is in place. Courtesy photo
Demonstrators in Khartoum have vowed to continue their sit-in until a civilian government is in place. Courtesy photo

Sudan Crisis: Military Council Arrests Former Government Members

A spokesman also urged the opposition to pick the next prime minister and vowed to implement their choice. Months of protests in Sudan led to the ousting and arrest of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday.
posted onApril 15, 2019
nocomment

By BBC

Sudan's transitional military council has arrested members of the former government and promised not to disperse protesters.

A spokesman also urged the opposition to pick the next prime minister and vowed to implement their choice. Months of protests in Sudan led to the ousting and arrest of long-time leader Omar al-Bashir on Thursday.

Demonstrators have vowed to stay on the streets until there is an immediate move to civilian rule. A sit-in is continuing outside the defence ministry in the capital Khartoum. In a press conference on Sunday, spokesman Maj Gen Shams Ad-din Shanto said the military council was "ready to implement" whatever civilian government the opposition parties agreed.

"We won't appoint a PM. They'll choose one," he said, referring to opposition and protest groups. He also said the army would not remove protesters from their sit-in by force, but called on protesters "to let normal life resume" and stop unauthorized roadblocks.
"Taking up arms will not be tolerated," he added. The military council also announced a raft of decisions, including:

• New heads of the army and the police
• A new head of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS)
• Committees to fight corruption, and to investigate the former ruling party
• The lifting of all media restrictions and censorship
• The release of police and security officers detained for supporting protesters
• A review of diplomatic missions, and the dismissal of Sudan's ambassadors to the US and to the UN in Geneva

Join the conversation

Restricted HTML

  • Allowed HTML tags: <a href hreflang> <em> <strong> <cite> <blockquote cite> <code> <ul type> <ol start type> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <h2 id> <h3 id> <h4 id> <h5 id> <h6 id>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.
  • Web page addresses and email addresses turn into links automatically.
The website encountered an unexpected error. Please try again later.