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KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudanese crowds still protesting outside the army’s headquarters in Khartoum, capital city of the Sudan. XINHUA PHOTO - MOHAMED KHIDIR


Sudan military giving assurance to hand over power to people

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Transitional Military Council on Sunday reaffirmed its commitment to hand over the power to the people.

"The role of the council is complementary to revolution, and handing over the power to the people was a demand of the revolution," said Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, the council chairman, during an interview broadcast by Sudan’s official TV.

"The military council has no ambitions in power, and we are keen to begin the transitional period as soon as possible," added Al-Burhan.

He said the council has received more than 100 visions for solving the political crisis from various Sudanese political elements.

The council chairman vowed that no Sudanese political entity, except the former ruling National Congress Party, would be excluded during the transitional period.

In addition, he revealed that 7 million euros (7.87 million U.S. dollars), 350,000 dollars and billions of Sudanese pounds, all in cash, were found in the residence of ousted President Omar al-Bashir.

The money has been deposited in the Central Bank of Sudan, the chairman noted.

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council is tasked with running the country’s affairs following the downfall of al-Bashir’s regime.


Sudan military council and opposition alliance agree on joint council

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s opposition Freedom and Change Alliance on Saturday said it has reached a primary deal with the Transitional Military Council (TMC) to form a joint sovereignty council, with the issue of representation to be decided later, lcoal media Sudan Tribune reported.

"An actual agreement has been reached on formation of a sovereignty council of civilian and military representation," Omer Al-Digair, member of the alliance’s negotiating committee, was quoted in the report as saying.

He said a third meeting would be held on Sunday to decide the representation of each party in this council.

According to leakages, differences over representation delayed the announcement of the joint sovereignty council.

The TMC proposed the sovereignty council should be of ten members, while the opposition insisted that it should be of 15 members.

The alliance proposed eight civilians and seven military representatives, while the TMC proposed three civilian and seven military representatives.

The joint committee between the TMC and the alliance on Saturday held its first meeting to discuss procedures concerning the formation of the mechanisms of the transitional period, including the sovereignty council, appointment of prime minister and formation of a civilian government.

The TMC, chaired by Lt. Gen. Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, is tasked with running the country’s affairs after President Omar al-Bashir stepped down.

African leaders allow Sudan military council three
months to hand power to civilian government

CAIRO Egypt (Xinhua) -- African leaders have agreed to give Sudan’s ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported Tuesday.

The leaders reached the agreement during a summit of the African Union (AU), which was chaired by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

"The African countries agreed to give more time to the Sudanese Military Council to carry out necessary measures with the help of the AU," Sisi was quoted as saying.

Last week, the AU set a 15-day deadline for Sudan’s Military Council to hand over its power to a civilian government.

The AU threatened to suspend Sudan’s membership if it fails to transfer power within the deadline.

Now the deadline has been extended to three months as 15 days are not enough for forming a government, said the Egyptian president.

The Sudanese Military Council has rule the country since President Omar al-Bashir was militarily ousted on April 11.


Sudan military council denies reports of releasing ex-officials

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s Transitional Military Council on Friday denied reports that a number of officials of the former regime were released.

The two former vice presidents, Osman Mohamed Yousif Kibir and Hassabo Mohamed Abdul-Rahman, are in prison, while the secretary-general of the Islamic Movement Al-Zubair Ahmed Al-Hassan is under house arrest, said Shams-Eddin Kabashi, spokesman of the council, in a statement.

The concerned authorities have embarked on legal procedures and investigation with the detainees, he added.

Earlier in the day, Sudanese media said a number of officials of the former regime have been released, including two former vice presidents.

Sudan to form higher committee to supervise investigation on corruption

KHARTOUM Sudan (Xinhua) -- Sudan’s acting attorney general on Saturday issued a decision to form a higher committee to supervise investigation on corruption, public funds and criminal cases in relation to recent protests, official SUNA news agency reported.

Al-Waleed Sid-Ahmed Mahmoud also issued a letter to the chief of National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) on lifting immunity of NISS’ members suspected of involvement in the killing of the activist Ahmed Al-Khair in Khashm el-Girba area in eastern Sudan during the popular protests.

On April 16, Abdel-Fattah Al-Burhan, chairman of the Transitional Military Council, issued a decision to relieve Attorney General Omer Ahmed Mohamed Abdel-Salam, First Assistant Attorney General Husham Osman Ibrahim and the head of the public prosecutions Amer Ibrahim Majid from their posts.

The reshuffle in the judicial system apparently is aimed at meeting a top demand by the Sudanese protesters, who have continued their sit-in in front of the army’s headquarters in the capital Khartoum despite the ouster of President Omar al-Bashir on April 11.

Sudan’s Transitional Military Council is tasked with running the country’s affairs following the downfall of al-Bashir’s regime.

United States keeps Sudan on list of state sponsors of terrorism

WASHINGTON United States (Xinhua) -- The United States will maintain Sudan’s designation as a state sponsor of terrorism, while it supports the African country’s democratic transition, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.

"The United States supports a transition to a peaceful and democratic Sudan led by civilians who represent the diversity of Sudanese society," the department said in a statement.

"Sudan’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism remains in effect," the statement added, noting that the United States would calibrate its policies based on the assessment of events on the ground.

Washington continues to stress with the members of Sudan’s transitional military council and other armed groups the need to show restraint and avoid conflict, according to the statement.

Sudan was added to the list of state sponsors of terrorism in 1993.

Citing a U.S. state department official, Reuters on Tuesday reported that the United States would consider new ways to remove Sudan from the list if it sees a fundamental change in its government and a commitment not to support terrorism.

Since Dec. 19, widespread protests have swept Sudan. Sudan’s Defense Minister, General Ahmed Awad Ibn Auf, appeared on state television on April 11 and announced the military’s detention of then President Omar al-Bashir, the suspension of the constitution, and the start of a two-year transitional period to be overseen by the military and followed by elections.

A three-month state of emergency was also declared in the country.


Sudan army rulers and opposition alliance grouping have reached
a breakthrough in talks to forming new joint Civilian-military council



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